Rogers will head up the expanded company's new London office and oversee all international operations. He will arrive in Cannes with a slate of films from Howard and Karen Baldwin's Baldwin Entertainment Group pursuant to a two-year, first-look and financing deal announced by Omega founder Barmettler (pictured above, left).
Rogers and Omega's executive vice president Solvej Malis will handles sales on the films, which include the eco-drama Luna to be directed by Deepa Mehta, romance 1.30 Train with Joel Schumacher set to direct, the Peter Cattaneo romantic comedy Indiscretion, and the comic book adaptation Mandrake to be directed by Chuck Russell.
The development marks the latest step in Omega's transition from financier of small to mid-sized pictures and pan-European rights trader into a global financing, production and sales outfit. The expanded company aims to finance and distribute up to 10 films a year in the $10m-$60m range.
'I am thrilled to have Peter on board,' Barmettler said. 'With his extensive experience in distribution and production we will be able to build Omega into a premier international media company within a short period of time. Peter was my first choice and I appreciate his work ethic and ability to focus on the quality of the films.'
'This is a great opportunity - to be part of a new, exciting company that it is on the verge of becoming a real force in the worldwide film business,' Rogers said. 'The success of a film company is determined by the movies it makes, and the strength of this first slate is a good indication of what is to come.'
The agreement between Omega and Baldwin Entertainment Group was brokered by Arsenal's John Ptak. The Baldwins' producing credits include Ray, Sahara, and Swimming Upstream.
'When I met Howard and Karen we all saw a unique opportunity based on their vast and eclectic development slate to expand Omega into a European-based independent powerhouse,' Barmettler said. 'It's a joy to be working with them.'
'We are delighted to be in business with such a smart team as the group at Omega, and doubly pleased to partner with Markus for the financing of these projects,' the Baldwins said. 'Our deal with Omega provides us with an extraordinary degree of flexibility, and we look forward to rewarding the partnership with some extraordinary films.'
Omega Entertainment was formed in 2006 by Enrique Steiger, Barmettler and Malis. Barmettler previously served as managing director of Epsilon Motion Pictures, where he was responsible for the acquisition and sales of such titles as The Sixth Sense, The Constant Gardener and Mr & Mrs. Smith.
Howard and Karen Baldwin formed Baldwin Entertainment Group in 2004. The company is in post-production on Death Sentence, starring Kevin Bacon and directed by James Wan. Hyde Park International is selling foreign rights.
Future projects include a baseball biopic about baseball manager Branch Rickey to star Robert Redford, the Ayn Rand adaptation Atlas Shrugged to star Angelina Jolie, the Frank McCourt adaptation Teacher Man, and a stage musical about the life of Ray Charles.