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Source: Protagonist

George Hamilton, Charlotte Lopez

Protagonist Pictures has appointed Charlotte Lopez as international sales manager.

Lopez fills the position previously held by George Hamilton who has been promoted to director of international sales.

The two executives will report to managing director, sales and distribution Vanessa Saal.

Lopez joins Protagonist from the Seville International sales team at eOne, where she handled sales on Drake Dormeus’ Sundance entry Newness, Xavier Dolan’s Cannes Grand Prix winner It’s Only The End of the World and Francois Girard’s Toronto International Film Festival title Hochelaga, which is Canada’s Academy Award selection for best foreign language film.

Lopez previously worked at Picturehouse Entertainment and Studiocanal.

This year Hamilton – a Screen International Future Leader 2017 - has closed UK and US deals on Clio Barnard’s 2017 Toronto International Film Festival Official Selection Dark River, international territories for Michel Franco’s 2017 Un Certain Regard winner April’s Daughter, Sean Baker’s The Florida Project and Chloe Zhao’s 2017 Directors’ Fortnight Art Cinema Award winner The Rider.

He joined the company as sales assistant in 2013 and was promoted to international sales manager in 2016.

Managing director, sales and distribution Vanessa Saal said: “I’m thrilled that Charlotte has joined our team. Charlotte’s creative sensibilities, relationships, and dedication make her a perfect fit for our filmmaker focused and commercially minded slate. I’m equally delighted to formally recognize George’s outstanding and tireless work. It’s been an incredible year for Protagonist, and we look forward to another one with this new team.”

Protagonist’s slate includes Sean Baker’s The Florida Project, William Oldroyd’s Lady Macbeth, and the Finnish Academy Award best foreign language candidate Tom of Finland.