Daniel Negret has been named chief operating officer at UK film, TV and video games financier Head Gear Films, replacing the outgoing Tom Harberd.
Negret joins from Ingenious Media, where he spent three years as an investment manager, working on features including Brandon Cronenberg’s Possessor, Simon Barrett’s Séance and Marco Perego Saldana’s upcoming drama Keyhole Garden. He will report to Head Gear managing director Phil Hunt.
Negret will take up the role on June 1, a month ahead of the departure of Harberd, who will assist with the handover and is stepping down after more than seven years at Head Gear. Harberd has held the COO role since January 2017.
Negret will now oversee the financier’s day-to-day operations including production finance and strategy, business development, legal and business affairs. It marks a return to Head Gear for the executive, having previously worked at the company as an investment manager from 2016-2018.
Negret began his career at investment bank Merrill Lynch, where he worked in mergers and acquisitions, before moving into film via a master’s degree from the National Film and Television School. At the NFTS, he produced Kasia Nalewajka’s animated short Pineapple Calamari in 2014, which competed at Toronto and was long-listed for an Oscar.
Head Gear provides finance for producers as well as executive producing and international distribution through sales companies including Hunt’s own Bankside Films.
Most recently, Head Gear backed Sara Sugarman’s Save The Cinema, a Sky Original starring Samantha Morton, Tom Felton and Jonathan Pryce, which shot in Wales earlier this year.
Other recent investments include Analeine Cal y Mayor’s Book Of Love, starring Sam Claflin and Veronica Echegui; Celyn Jones’ Almond And The Seahorse, starring Rebel Wilson and Charlotte Gainsbourg; Jesse V Johnson’s White Elephant, starring Bruce Willis and John Malkovich; and Chuck Russell’s Paradise City, also starring Willis and John Travolta.