Italy’s AMBI Pictures has opened a Beverly Hills office to house AMBI Distribution and hired Julie Sultan to run the new international sales division.

AMBI Pictures partners Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi announced (21) Sultan’s appointment as president of worldwide sales and acquisitions and said the executive will attend Filmart.

Sultan will handle sales on in-house and third-party film and television titles. AMBI plans to produce eight features in 2014 including action-thriller Sights Of Death starring Danny Glover, Daryl Hannah, Rutger Hauer, Stephen Baldwin and Michael Madsen and The Humbing from Barry Levinson starring Al Pacino, Mandy Patinkin, Kyra Sedgwick, Charles Grodin and Dianne Wiest.

Sultan has served in senior positions at Lakeshore Entertainment, NBC and Peace Arch Entertainment.  

“Julie is smart, professional and has great ideas about the direction for AMBI Distribution,” said Iervolino. “Having worked on many wonderful films and upholding a great reputation in the industry, she embodies all the qualities and qualifications we’ve been looking for in the person we want to head our new division. We warmly welcome her to the AMBI family.”

“This is an exciting time for the AMBI brand,” said Bacardi. “We have big plans for the company but realise that at this crucial stage you’re only as good as your senior executive team paving the way for continued growth.

“Julie has a tremendous track record and brings a wealth of experience that completes a crucial piece of the AMBI business model. We are tremendously excited to have her join our team and we look forward to working with her to bring high quality commercial feature films to the marketplace.”

“As a new sales company, substantial financial backing gives us a tremendous jump-start for what we are trying to accomplish,” said Sultan. “We have the ability to acquire, co-finance, produce and sell the best material. This is a wonderful opportunity and I am very pleased to join Andrea and Monika and be a part of their dynamic team.”