The Weinstein Company (TWC) international chief David Glasser has taken over foreign sales on Mark Gill and Neil Sacker’s The Film Department slate following the departure of Steve Bickel.

The parties had been negotiating the deal for a some time and the ongoing arrangement will kick off at AFM, giving The Film Department access to TWC’s network of international buyers while broadening the latter’s sales roster.

Glasser will start talking to buyers about the Kate Hudson romantic comedy Earthbound, which is scheduled to start shooting in January, and complete remaining territory sales on the crime thriller Law Abiding Citizen with Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx that has grossed more than $43m in North America through Overture Films.

The Film Department co-founders Gill and Sacker will continue to finance, develop and produce content as they see fit and did not comment on the circumstances of former international president Bickel’s departure.

It is understood Gill and Sacker do not plan to completely outsource the company’s international affairs and will continue to oversee delivery and servicing. Vice-president of international Kristen Figeroid and vice-president of international business affairs Inc Pagluica will remain at the company with Gill and Sacker.

Glasser is a natural fit to take charge of international sales given that he previously worked with Sacker when he was Bob Yari’s international sales chief and Sacker was Yari Film Group COO.

“I love the guys at The Film Department and this is a perfect fit,” Glasser said.