Bruna Papandrea has joinedMichael London's new financing company Groundswell Productions as president.
Papandrea (pictured) moves to LosAngeles from New York City where she was previously at GreeneStreet Films; shepreviously worked in London as a creative executive for Anthony Minghella andSydney Pollack in their Mirage Enterprises.
The Australian-born Papandreawill oversee creative operations for the new company, which already has twofilms scheduled to start production in the summer - The Mysteries OfPittsburgh based on Michael Chabon'snovel with Rawson Thurber attached to direct and Trust which Neil Labute will direct from Robert Edward'sespionage thriller set in Los Angeles at the height of the Cold War.
"Bruna is going to be agreat partner in building Groundswell's slate," said chief executive London."She has great producing instincts combined with an understanding of indiefinancing. Most of all, she's smart and dynamic and a true magnet for creativetalent."
Papandrea is joined in the creativeteam by vice president Khristina Kravas and creative executive Juliana Farrell,both from London's Paramount-based production company. Kravas was anassociate producer on The Family Stone and worked closely with London on Sideways. Farrell produced documentaries for A&Eand Bravo and worked as an assistant and reader at CAA before joining London in2004.
Papandrea produced JonathanTeplitzky's Better than Sex in2000, as well as the independent featureLifebreath in 1995, and the short film Three Chords and aWardrobe.
Groundswell was establishedlast month by London to make films in the under-$20m range with backing fromtwo equity-based film funds, Lexington Film Funding in Los Angeles andCrescendo Film Capital in New York.