Leading German sales company The Match Factory has hired Tobias Pausinger as head of acquisition and development and Caitlin Smith as acquisition manager, as part of a restructure of its development and acquisition department.
Pausinger, effective immediately, will lead development and acquisitions for the company’s sales business, as well as Match Factory Productions and Berlin-based Pola Pandora (both also headed by The Match Factory CEO Michael Weber).
He returns to the company after ten years, when he was an acquisitions manager following its founding in 2006. An experienced international film executive, Pausinger’s most recent role was as Germany’s Eurimages delegate.
Caitlin Smith joins from UK distributor Curzon Artificial Eye where she worked as an acquisitions and distribution executive. She will relocate to The Match Factory’s office in Berlin and starts next week.
Smith has held various positions in acquisitions, distribution and exhibition at the Curzon Group, working on Match Factory titles including 45 Years, The Other Side Of Hope, Girl and So Long, My Son.
The duo will oversee all acquisition-related matters, including incoming submissions, scouting for potential projects and nurturing relationships with producers and talent.
Michael Weber said: “The increasingly competitive market demands a clear commitment to strong and diverse talent in acquisitions and development. I am truly excited to welcome Tobias back to The Match Factory, his outstanding networking skills and knowledge of the industry will be a huge asset to us going forward. Caitlin’s background in UK film and her knowledge of upcoming European talent will perfectly complement Tobias’s skillset and complete our talented team.”