Canadian producer Robert Lantos is stepping back into the distribution business, according to industry sources in Toronto.

While it's unclear whether the new operation will be part of Lantos' production company Serendipity Point Films, it is certain that veteran sales executive Charlotte Mickie has left her post as a director at Dreamachine to run international sales at the start-up.

Tony Cianciotta, the veteran Canadian distribution and exhibition executive, is understood to be involved although that could not be independently confirmed. Both executives worked for Lantos during the days of Alliance Entertainment, the precursor to Alliance Atlantis.

Mickie will presumably take over sales of Lantos-produced Fugitive Pieces, the highly-anticipated Serendipity Point Pictures feature from Jeremy Podeswa. No one at Serendipity was available for comment. Mickie declined to comment. Cianciotta was unavailable.

Cianciotta has been acting as an independent consultant since his departure from Gabriella Martinelli's Capri Releasing in October of 2005. A return to the Lantos camp is a rapprochement. He had departed Lantos and Alliance in 1997 under a cloud when he launched Vancouver-based Red Sky Entertainment. One source said that Cianciotta had been consulting with Lantos during production of David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises.