EXCLUSIVE: Pathe executive to join Altitude as head of development.

Pathe creative executive Bradley Quirk is to join Will Clarke’s Altitude as head of development.

Quirk will join Altitude in April. Pathe is expected to fill the role vacated by Quirk in the coming months.

The executive worked on a number of prestige titles at Pathe including Stephen Frears’ Oscar-nominated Philomena, Justin Chadwick’s Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Matthew Warchus’s Pride and Sarah Gavron’s upcoming Carey Mulligan drama Sufragette.

Quirk joined Pathé as creative executive in January 2012. Prior to that, he spent four years as story editor and talent tracker for the UKFC Film Fund and subsequently the BFI.

Whilst at the Film Fund, he worked across titles including Clio Barnard’s The Arbor, James Marsh’s Shadowdancer, Rufus Norris’s Broken and Eran Creevy’s Welcome to the Punch.

Cameron McCracken, managing director at Pathe UK, told ScreenDaily: “Bradley did a great job for us but running your own slate is every junior creative’s ambition. It’s a great opportunity that Altitude has offered him and I’m sure he’ll make a success of it.”

Ambitious UK outfit Altitude continues to grow its production, sales and distribution operations under the stewardship of Will Clarke, Andy Mayson, Mike Runagall and Hamish Moseley.

Altitude’s production slate includes Jelmari Helander’s English-language debut Big Game, starring Samuel L Jackson, Jim Broadbent and Felicity Huffman, which is currently in post-production, while upcoming titles including James Watkins-Peter Mullan horror The Loch and Corin Hardy’s The Good People.

Will Clarke, chairman and co-CEO of Altitude Film Entertainment said: “Altitude Film Production is in a good place with Big Game in post and Kill Your Friends due to start imminently, as well as projects we have executive produced, such as Get Santa, Tiger House and Outpost 37, being sold for international distribution. We are delighted that Bradley is joining us and as we continue to create the kind of production partnerships with filmmakers that we have envisaged from day one, his record and experience in working with writers and directors is going to be a great asset to the team.”

Altitude Film Sales reps titles including Sergei Bodrov’s action-adventure Blood Mountain, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, and Sundance-winning doc Fishing without Nets.

The outfit’s distribution slate includes Sundance success Fruitvale Station and Ira Sachs’ well-received Love is Strange.