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Women to Watch: Zanne Devine Launches Canadian Distribution Company

Women to Watch: Zanne Devine Launches Canadian Distribution Company



Zanne Devine, courtesy of The Wrap

Zanne Devine, appropriately and a propos of yesterday’s blog, is yet another Canadian whose most recent credits are HBO’s Cinema Verite and Screen Gems’ Easy A. She is launching a new Vancouver-based distribution company, Pacific Northwest Pictures, which will acquire, produce and release Canadian movies in theaters, disc and video on demand a with a four-film slate that includes You Are Here (debut TIFF in 2010, Charlie Zone, an urban thriller starring Amanda Crew (Final Destination 3); Sisters & Brothers, a comedy also starring Crew,Cory Monteith (Glee) and Dustin Milligan (90210); and Rain Down, a drama starring Jessica Hill.

Kudos to an indefatigable amazing woman!!

When I met Zanne, she was head of acquisitions at Universal and was one of FilmFinders (my company) best clients. Two years after producing Anna which starred Sally Kirkland who made quite a splash at Sundance that year (1987), she produced Prisoners of Inertia with Amanda Plummer, another Sundance favorite at that time, and she was still paying off her debt for making that film when we met and became friends. While at Universal, where she became VP Production and Acquistions, she met her husband Kirk D’Amico, now President of international sales company Myriad. (Will he be the sales agent for her new film endeavor?). She returned to independent producing after serving as President of Kennedy Marshall, President of production at Beacon Pictures, and Sr. VP of Polygram. She now has two children and is still married!! Congratulations!!

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