EXCLUSIVE: Daniel Diamond has segued from president of international sales into a production deal with QED International. The first project under the deal will be the ensemble comedy Mothers.

Diamond will handle sales on the film, which is in the vein of Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve.

Dennis Dugan will direct Mothers and Garry Marshall will produce alongside Mike Karz, Wayne Rice and Diamond. Matt Walker and Tom Hines wrote the screenplay based on a story by Hines, Walker and Marshall. The producers are out to cast.

QED International CEO Bill Block and vice-president of international sales John Friedberg will be in Cannes selling the company’s slate.

“I’m excited to embark on this new chapter of my career and to continue working with QED to identify, develop and market commercial films for the global market,” said Diamond [pictured].

“Having worked in the international distribution arena for more than 25 years, I’m looking forward to taking ownership of the projects I develop in conjunction with the outstanding production and sales team at QED.”

“Daniel has had great success in recognising and distributing the kind of commercial, star-driven films that define QED,” said Block. “We’re looking forward to keeping him in the QED family as a producer.”

Diamond served as QED president of international sales since August, 2012. Prior to that he was president of international distribution at Morgan Creek Productions and before that president of Fireworks Pictures.

  • Separately it emerged on Tuesday that Shia LaBeouf is in talks to join Brad Pitt on the cast of QED and Sony Pictures’ David Ayer tank film Fury. John Lesher’s Le Grisbi Productions is also producing and the parties have earmarked a September start of production for a Nov 14 2014 release.