Jonathan Deckter Named IM GLobal President
IM Global is heading to Cannes with a new president. Company CEO Stuart Ford has promoted Jonathan Deckter, a three-year veteran of the sales, financing and production outfit, just in time for the annual happenings on the Croisette. He was previously head of international sales and distribution. Elsewhere, IM Global also re-upped Bonnie Voland and her B. Voland company to oversee worldwide publicity and marketing and re-signed Tatyana Joffe as EVO International Sales.
Wild Bunch Names New Distribution Chief
France’s Wild Bunch Distribution has named the successor to chief Jean-Philippe Tirel who is stepping down to start his own acquisitions boutique. Former Pathé and Fox Searchlight exec Thierry Lacaze will take over leading the distributor backed up by the company’s existing team including Jérôme Rougier who runs acquisitions. The company has a slate of 22 films this year including official Cannes selection titles The Bastards from Claire Denis, La Vie D’Adèle from Abdellatif Kechiche and James Gray’s The Immigrant as well as Robert Rodriguez’ Machete Kills.
Michael Palin To Receive BAFTA Fellowship
BAFTA will present Michael Palin with its Fellowship honor, the highest accolade the org bestows, at this year’s British Academy Television Awards on May 12. Palin, a founding member of Monty Python, has also become a fixture in TV travel documentaries including Around The World In 80 Days, Pole To Pole, Full Circle, Sahara, Himalaya, New Europe and Brazil With Michael Palin. John Willis, Chairman of BAFTA, said Palin has made “an incredible contribution to the medium over five decades. There are few individuals more worthy than Michael of the Fellowship.”
‘Nymphomaniac’ Kicks Off Sexy Campaign
Scandinavian sales company TrustNordisk has unveiled the poster for Lars von Trier’s four-hour sex-o-rama Nymphomaniac. The film stars Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Christian Slater, Uma Thurman, Willem Dafoe, Connie Nielsen, Udo Kier, Jean-Marc Barr, Caroline Goodall, Saskia Reeves, Hugo Speer, Jesper Christensen, Jens Albinus and many others. Unveiling “one sexy piece of artwork at a time”, the ad campaign for the movie will run up to its release late this year. Von Trier is normally a Cannes Film Festival fixture but this movie wasn’t ready in time to make the Croisette. It sold like hot cakes in Berlin, including to Magnolia Pictures for the U.S.