Goodridge will leave his editorship position at Screen International, where has worked in various capacities since 1994. He is expected to begin work at Protagonist in early August.
"I am very excited to be taking over the reins at Protagonist, which has grown into such an identifiable brand so quickly in the marketplace," Goodridge said in a statement. "I can't wait to take on this new chapter in my career and work with the brilliant team at the company to build on what Ben Roberts has achieved in the first four years."
The announcement comes after several weeks of speculation following outgoing CEO Ben Roberts’ appointment as Head of the Film Fund at the BFI in April.
“We are delighted to have recruited someone with Mike’s experience and standing within the industry," Nigel Williams, Chairman of Protagonist said. "He has done an outstanding job at Screen and we are very confident that he will build on the very strong foundations that have been put in place by Ben and the team to continue Protagonist’s growth. Protagonist is an ambitious business and we believe Mike is the ideal person to lead us to fulfilling our ambitions.”
More about Protagonist Pictures from the press release below.
Protagonist Pictures was set up in 2008 by three of the existing four shareholder companies - Vertigo Films, Film4 and Ingenious Media - and in 2010 Nigel Williams came on board as Company Chairman and majority shareholder. Over the course of its four year existence, Protagonist has handled a diverse slate of films from both its shareholders and third-party producers, rapidly establishing itself at the forefront of the international sales business with a range of critically and commercially successful titles such as Bronson, StreetDance, Monsters, Tyrannosaur, Kill List, The Deep Blue Sea and Submarine. Its current slate includes Nick Love’s much anticipated action thriller The Sweeney , Sightseers from Ben Wheatley which wowed Cannes audiences in the Directors’ Fortnight last week, as well as Sundance documentary favourites 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; next month sees the start of How Live Now by Kevin Macdonald, and later in the year, the new John Michael McDonagh project, Calvary.