TF1 has confirmed the appointment of Perrine Teze as head of TF/M Distribution, the French broadcaster's theatrical joint venture with Miramax.
Teze, formerly deputy general manager of TF1's foreign sales division TF1 International, has developed close ties with Miramax. "In fact, it was them who suggested my candidature," she says, adding : "I'm thrilled. I love building up from scratch." Which is exactly what she did when she was appointed head of foreign film sales at TF1 International in 1994.
She is joined by Thierry Lacaze, a former top executive at Polygram's French distribution outpost, who will be in charge of film booking, and by Henri Ernst, who was poached from UGC's foreign sales arm UGC International.
"We are looking at a 23 to 25-title slate," Teze explains. "Let's say some 15 to 17 titles coming from Miramax,and eight from TF1." Teze and her team will have a busy summer ahead since the startup outfit will debut its first title in September.
TFM's Miramax releases to date include Jez Butterworth's Birthday Girl, Steven Soderbergh's Full Frontal, Gary Winick's Tadpole, Julie Taymor's Frida, Tom Tykwer's Heaven, Rick Rosenthal's Halloween: The Resurrection and Kevin Smith's Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back , as well as Chicago: The Musical and Quentin Tarantino's, Kill Bill. TF1's releases will include Jan Sverak's Dark Blue World as well as several French titles yet to be announced.