Mark Padilla has joined Myriad Pictures as VP sales and distribution, CEO Kirk D’Amico announced today. Padilla has come aboard as the distributer prepares its team for the Cannes Market. Padilla previously worked in a similar capacity for Essential Entertainment. In addition to sales and distribution Padilla will be involved in the acquisition of new titles. He reports to newly promoted SVP distribution Lisa Gutberlet. Padilla started his career at S. Hirsch Co. and subsequently moved to Arclight and in 2007 joined Essential where he worked on Barney’s Version starring Paul Giamatti and Scott Speedman, Defiancestarring Daniel Craig and Liev Schrieber, and Red Dog starring Josh Lucas.

Myriad will represent the following slate of movies to buyers at Cannes:

INESCAPABLE – Marisa Tomei, Josh Jackson and Alexander Siddig star in this thriller about a man whose daughter is kidnapped in Damascus. His past puts her future – and her life – in jeopardy. Directed by Ruba Nada (Cairo Time).

A COMMON MAN – Academy Award®-winner Sir Ben Kingsley and Ben Cross star in this action thriller about a terrorist threatening to blow up key locations in an urban city, but with an unexpected twist. The film will premiere for buyers in the market in Cannes.

BREAKING THE GIRLS – Jamie Babbit’s steamy thriller follows the relationship between two young women, one who unknowingly agrees to a double murder. Starring Madeline Zima, Agnes Bruckner and Shawn Ashmore. This film will premiere for buyers in the market in Cannes.

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY, HIS STORY and HER STORY – Two films telling one story, from the perspectives of a husband and wife. Jessica Chastain and Joel Edgerton will star. Shooting is scheduled to start this summer in New York City.

FREELOADERS – The Broken Lizard people who made Supertroopers and Beer Fest are back with another outrageous comedy about a group of slackers who have been crashing at their rock star buddy’s mansion for five years. When their pal gets married and wants to sell the house, they come up with a hair-brained strategy to prevent it from happening. Starring Jane Seymour and Josh Lawson. This film will be released theatrically in the U.S. later this year by Salient Media.

KNIFE FIGHT – Rob Lowe plays a political campaign consultant with a “winning is everything” approach in this comedy that takes a look behind the scenes at the nasty tactics he uses to beat his opponents. Also starring “Modern Family’s” Julie Bowen and Jamie Chung, the film is directed by Bill Guttentag and co-written by Guttentag and former Bill Clinton advisor Chris LeHane. The film had its World Premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival Wednesday, April 25, 2012.

NOBODY WALKS – This well-received 2012 Sundance Jury Award-winner stars John Krasinski (“The Office), Olivia Thirlby and Rosemarie DeWitt, and was directed by Ry Russo-Young. Magnolia will release the film theatrically in the U.S. in October. The film has its World Premiere at the Sundance London Film Festival on Thursday, April 26, 2012.

SECONDS OF PLEASURE – Neil LaBute wrote and will direct this script about lives becoming entangled aboard an overnight trans-Atlantic flight. The project stars Matt Dillon, Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Hendricks, Brendan Fraser and Julia Stiles. This film is in pre-production.