Am I alone in my false expectations that some things are supposed to last forever? Given Eugene Hernandez left Indiewire after 15 years, it should not be such a surprise to hear that Mike Goodridge is leaving Screen International after so many years there. He joined in 1994 and spent 12 years as the U.S. editor in L.A.
What’s even more shocking is that he will become CEO at Protagonist. Not that he is ignorant of the international film business. His writing on it has always been an inspiration to me and I will miss reading his thoughts and analyses.
Protagonist is the international sales and financing company established in 2008 by shareholders Film4, Vertigo Films and Ingenious Media. Nigel Williams joined as majority shareholder and Chairman in 2010. Ben Roberts, its previous CEO, announced in April that he was leaving Protagonist to serve as new head of the BFI Film Fund starting this June.
Protagonist has sold titles including StreetDance, Tyrannosaur, Kill List, The Imposter, How I Live Now, Sightseers and The Sweeney.
Wendy Mitchell, Screen International’s current Head of Content, will serve as Acting Editor until a new editor is confirmed. She will work with Goodridge during a handover period until the end of July.