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Bold, Odd Lot have AffinityDate: 10/18/2009
Author: Sharon Swart
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Producer-financiers merge sales shops
Bold Films and Odd Lot Entertainment have merged their foreign sales operations to form Affinity Intl.
The move, anticipated for several weeks (Daily Variety, Sept. 3), unites the film companies of two billionaires -- Odd Lot's Gigi Pritzker, of Chicago's Hyatt dynasty, and Bold's Michel Litvak, a Belgian industrialist -- looking to bolster their positions in the global pic marketplace.
Brian O'Shea, Odd Lot's current exec veep of worldwide distribution, will serve as Affinity's prexy of worldwide sales and distribution. Odd Lot chief operating officer Bill Lischak also will oversee the day-to-day operations as COO of the new venture.
Affinity will handle sales for all Bold and Odd Lot titles in addition to third-party projects.
Staff will come from the existing international units at Bold and Odd Lot. Bold's Jim Harvey will join as exec VP of sales. Marketing and publicity heads of both companies, Bold's Joey Monteiro and Odd Lot's Andrew Boyd, also transfer to Affinity.
Bold and Odd Lot will continue to operate as separate production entities that finance, develop and produce projects. Bold Films co-prexy David Lancaster continues to head production at Litvak's company. And Odd Lot exec VP of production and development Linda McDonough oversees production there.
"Affinity is a great step forward as we look for joint opportunities to expand the production, financing and distribution capabilities of both companies," Litvak said.
Lischak and Bold co-prexies Gary Michael Walters and Lancaster structured and negotiated the new venture.
Walters said: "Our combined output will yield a diversified and consistent flow of product to meet the evolving needs of the international marketplace."
Other staffers joining Affinity include Bold business affairs exec Alex Coffee and Odd Lot biz affairs exec Cynthia Griffiths and sales exec Nat McCormick.
Affinity's sales slate includes Fina Torres' "From Prada to Nada," starring Adriana Barraza, Camilla Belle, Alexa Vega and Wilmer Valderrama; John Cameron Mitchell's "Rabbit Hole," starring Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart; Joe Dante's recent Venice bow "The Hole 3D"; family adventure pic "The Great Ghost Rescue" and action comedy "Spy High."
Bold's recent projects include thriller "Legion," with Paul Bettany and Dennis Quaid, which is set for a January release via Sony. In development are Phillip Noyce's "Above Suspicion" and an untitled dramatic thriller from helmer James Mangold and producer Cathy Konrad.
Among Odd Lot's prior productions is Frank Miller's "The Spirit."
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