Magazine article Screen International

Gaumont Launches US Film Division

Magazine article Screen International

Gaumont Launches US Film Division

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Johanna Byer (pictured below) has been brought in as vice-president of creative affairs to run the unit in Los Angeles as the French giant introduced the latest plank in its US expansion strategy.

The division kicks offwith a development slate comprising: Train To Busan, which is based on the South Korean hit and will be fast-tracked; Point Blank, the thriller that Gaumont recently bought back from Working Title; comedy Dead Tired; and Barbarella, which was originally conceived as a TV remake and has been reconfigured as a feature project.

Byer will work closely with Paris-based head of international production Cecile Gaget and Adam Fishbach, who was recently promoted to senior vice-president of creative affairs to head creative affairs at Gaumont Television US.

Together the team will exploit Gaumont's 1,100-title film library to develop and produce English-language films for an international audience.

The feature film division will be based at Gaumont's US headquarters that houses Gaumont Television and Gaumont Animation. …

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