Industry veteran Jere Hausfater has landed at Miramax Films asexecutive vice president and co-head of Miramax International.
Breaking tradition for the company's international arm, he will bebased in Los Angeles but will report to New York-based COO Rick Sands. He willwork alongside Stuart Ford, the Miramax executive vice president who took overas head of Miramax International before Cannes this year.
Hausfater, a longtime acquisitions executive at BVI, will alsoacquire titles for non-domestic international sales and distribution inconjunction with Agnes Mentre, the company's executive vice president ofacquisitions and co-production, and help develop European co-financingstructures.
"Jere's extensive studio and independent experiences will prove tobe a tremendous asset to Miramax in its quest for continued growth," Sands saidin a statement.
"He and Stuart will be partners in all aspects of MiramaxInternational from sales and distribution to marketing and publicity.
"In addition, Jere will focus on expanding home video andtelevision activities, working closely with Colleen Seldin, vice president ofinternational finance and operations."
"Joining Miramax at this point in my career is somewhat of ahomecoming for me, as I have worked with many of the company's executives onvarious transactions and activities," Hausfater added.
"As we expand Miramax International's presence and influence, wewill be looking to create diverse opportunities for the company including newinitiatives such as acting as a sales agent of third party films that arelooking for distribution on a worldwide basis."
Hausfater most recently served as president of Intermedia Film'sMotion Picture Group, where he was responsible for worldwide distribution,marketing and acquisitions on such films as The Quiet American, Adaptation and Resident Evil. He left Intermedia in Jan this yearwhen the company merged its sales operations into Summit Entertainment.
Prior to that he served as vice president of Walt Disney Studiosand launched Buena Vista Film Sales, the first in-house sales company at anymajor film studio.
When Disneyacquired Miramax he worked as one of Disney's liaisons, jointly acquiring filmssuch as The Crow, The Piano, Shine, Kolya and Muriel's Wedding.