Magazine article Screen International

Met Film Launches Sales Arm with Former Dogwoof Exec

Magazine article Screen International

Met Film Launches Sales Arm with Former Dogwoof Exec

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EXCLUSIVE: Vesna Cudic to head up new outfit; company's debut sales slate revealed.

UK outfit Met Film has launched a new boutique international sales arm, Met Film Sales, which will offer a slate of high-end documentaries and TV series.

The company is being headed up by Vesna Cudic [pictured], previously head of acquisitions and sales at Dogwoof.

"I am really excited about this move to Met Film," Vesna told Screen. "I was attracted by the prospect of being involved in the projects from the start, helping with the finance and then selling them worldwide.

"We already have a slate of Met Film documentaries and series in varying stages of development and finance, and I'm also currently developing relationships with producers who can create content for us to sell, including fiction titles."

Vesna will be in Cannes this month launching the company's initial slate.

In further news, the company has also launched Met Studio, a new content production agency, headed up by Mike Burgess, offering bespoke branded long and short form content from young screen creatives and its Met Film School graduates.

"This is an exciting time for Met Film," Jonny Persey, Met Film director told Screen. "We have a new studio producing exciting content from our graduates; an exciting slate of new projects; and Vesna joining the Met Film world is great because we can get our own quality films out there and work with top producers to release their content."

Details of Met Film Sales debut slate:

Alex Parkinson and Richard Da Costa's feature documentary Last Breath, backed by BBC Scotland, about a commercial diver stranded on the seabed with five minutes of oxygen and no chance of rescue. It will feature archived footage, dramatic reconstructions and interviews with those involved. Met Film's Al Morrow is producing, alongside Angus Lamont at Crab Apple Films and Dylan Williams (owner of AMP Film). Met are in negotiations with Arte Zdf, and production is due to begin in Q3 of this year.

Bafta winner Alison Millar's documentary Searching For Shergar, which attempts to unravel the kidnapping of the famous stallion by the IRA in 1983. Millar is also producing, alongside Rachel Hooper, Erica Starling Productions, with funding from the BBC. Production is due to begin in Q4, 2017.

The Man Who Would Be King director Jeanie Finley's new feature documentary Luxury Bitches, about a group of female bloggers leading the fight to transform perceptions of overweight people. Finley is also producing, with Al Morrow executive producing, and BBC Scotland are backing the project, which is currently in development. …

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