UK-based producers Graham Broadbent and Pete Czernin are leaving Mission Pictures, the UK-US production company Broadbent founded with Andrew Hauptman and Damian Jones.
Mission has simultaneously beefed up its US office, promoting Tracy Falco from vice president of production to senior vice president. Falco, who previously spent six years at Ted Demme's Spanky Pictures, will work alongside Hauptman from Los Angeles in all creative areas of the company, which is focusing on its original remit of developing and producing studio-level films.
"While I intend to continue Mission's activities in the UK and to take advantage of our unique transatlantic knowledge and expertise, it makes sense to run the company from my base in Los Angeles," said Hauptman. "Mission is a priority to me personally and, with Tracy, I have confidence that we will realise the goals that were established when the company was formed."
Broadbent and Czernin are expected to resume producing in the independent arena, including working on several projects with Mission. Currently in post production on Danny Boyle's Millions and the Julian Fellowes-scripted Piccadilly Jim, Mission is developing projects with Alain Berliner, Peter Webber, Richard McBrien, Gillian Armstrong and Dominic Savage.
Mission was founded in 2001 by Broadbent, Jones and Hauptman, who runs private investment company Andell with his wife, Ellen Bronfman. Jones left last year to return to independent producing, leaving Broadbent and former Di Novi Pictures president Czernin as the senior members of the company in London.
"I am grateful to Graham and Pete for their work at Mission and would emphasise that the decision to reorganise has been entirely mutual," said Hauptman. "I look forward to working with them in the future."