Brit film executive Daniel Battsek, who ran Miramax Films after the Weinsteins left Disney, has landed at Cohen Media Group as president. Battsek was president at National Geographic Films until it shut down in December 2011. He will work closely with Cohen Media Group chairman and CEO Charles Cohen on the acquisition, production and distribution of CMG titles, as well the Cohen Film Collection, which includes The Rohauer Library.
Among films coming in 2013 is Pablo Berger’s “Blancanieves,” starring Maribel Verdu and Angelina Molina, which is Spain’s foreign language Oscar submission; Fernando Trueba’s “The Artist and the Model,” co-starring Jean Rochefort and Claudia Cardinale; Francois Ozon’s” In the House,” which stars Kristin Scott Thomas; and Rachid Bouchareb’s first American film, “Just Like A Woman,” starring Sienna Miler.
Battsek will also supervise CMG’s production slate. In the pipeline are “Double Cross,” “Operation Mincemeat” and a remake of French film “You Will Be My Son.” Over the past three years, CMG has released “The Other Son,” “Farewell, My Queen” and such classic titles as Luis Bunuel’s “Tristana.” More rereleases are planned, including the restored 1924 “Thief of Bagdad,” starring Douglas Fairbanks, as well as other films from Silent Era greats Fairbanks, D.W. Griffith and Buster Keaton, via Blu-ray, DVD and VOD.