Marking yet another journalist defecting to the film industry, Mike Goodridge is leaving his post as chief editor at Screen International to become CEO at London’s four-year-old Protagonist Pictures, the international sales and financing company. Protagonist shareholders include Film4, Channel 4 Television’s feature film division (“Slumdog Millionaire”), producer/distributor Vertigo Films (“The Cove”) and financial services group Ingenious Media.
Goodridge will start in early August. He fills the void left by CEO Ben Roberts, who now heads the BFI Film Fund. Goodridge will be working with Protagonist chairman and majority shareholder Nigel Williams, who joined the firm in 2010. Now Screen will be in the hunt for a new editor.
Goodridge rose through the ranks at Screen International since joining the UK-based trade in 1994. He was a reporter, editor and critic for 12 years in Los Angeles before returning to London in 2009 as editor. During turbulent times in journalism, Goodridge helped Screen, the EMAP-owned global trade paper, transition from a print daily to a monthly magazine and robust online site, keeping its international subscribers informed with premium content and Festival dailies. He launched his career at The Business Of Film in 1990, where he was editor. He collected 15 interviews with top directors in “Directing” and is the co-author with Tim Grierson of “Film Craft: Cinematography.”
Vertigo Films, Film4 and Ingenious Media set up Protagonist in 2008. Over its four-year run, Protagonist has handled a diverse slate of films from both its shareholders and third-party producers, such as “Bronson,” “StreetDance,” “Monsters,” “Tyrannosaur,” “Kill List,” “The Deep Blue Sea” and “Submarine.” Its current slate on display at Cannes includes Nick Love’s action thriller “The Sweeney,” Ben Wheatley’s Director’s Fortnight breakout “Sightseers,” as well as Sundance documentaries “Searching for Sugar Man” and “The Imposter.”
Currently shooting are Richard Ayoade’s “The Double,” starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska, and Farren Blackburn’s “Hammer of the Gods,” while Kevin Macdonald’s “How I Live Now” starts next month. Set for later in the year is John Michael McDonagh’s “Calvary.”