Los Angeles-based entrepreneur David Bergstein acquired London-based Capitol in January 2006 and New York-based THINKFilm in October 2006, but the two companies have announced that they will continue to operate as separate foreign sales divisions, each with its own slate, staff and mandate. THINKFilm will target edgy films but will be able to handle bigger-budget releases than before; Capitol will focus on larger-budget mainstream movies.
Schoukroun had worked for Capitol for six years, taking the sales head post in June after Simon Crowe's departure. She will now report to THINKFilm senior VP Randy Manis. She will also work closely with David Fenkel, who will remain THINKFilm's VP of international sales.
At Capitol, James Norrie has been promoted from sales director to head of sales reporting to managing director Jane Barclay; Sofia Neves has been promoted to director of sales and Rosana Coutinho joins as sales executive.
THINKFilm's EFM slate includes Ethan Hawke's The Hottest State and Sundance hit Zoo. Capitol's EFM slate includes The Best Time Of Our Lives starring Keira Knightley and Lindsay Lohan.
Capitol chairman David Bergstein said the plans for the two divisions: 'Capitol now operates two of the strongest brands in independent film and in an ever evolving marketplace both divisions are perfectly placed to serve and adapt to the needs of international distributors in their respective segments.'
Jane Barclay added: 'In a more polarized marketplace, a focus on larger-budget, more star-driven productions makes perfect commercial sense for both Capitol and its stable of distribution partners and it is a truly exciting next stage in the company's development.'