Magazine article Screen International

Ball Leaves Exclusive to Launch New Venture

Magazine article Screen International

Ball Leaves Exclusive to Launch New Venture

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Chris Ball is leaving his post as co-chairman of Nigel Sinclair and Guy East's Exclusive Media Group to establish Wrekin Hill Entertainment, a new independently financed production and US distribution company.

Wrekin will be releasing films under its own label and has also licensed the Newmarket Films label - Newmarket was co-founded by Ball and sold to Exclusive late last year - for use on a non-exclusive basis.

Newmarket - which was recently recapitalized to act as Exclusive's US theatrical distributor - and Wrekin Hill will also jointly release select upcoming titles from Exclusive, including Peter Weir's The Way Back (Exclusive's first production), Billy Joel documentary The Last Play at Shea (from Exclusive's Spitfire Pictures division), and Newmarket's Sundance acquisition Hesher (pictured). The companies said additional co-ventures with Exclusive are in the works.

Ball will be joined at Wrekin by his long time Newmarket colleagues Rene Cogan (COO-chief financial Officer) and John Crye (president of production and acquisitions). In future, the company will acquire and distribute independently made feature films for all platforms. According to a statement, several acquisitions will be announced shortly as well as a home entertainment distribution partnership. …

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