International sales and finance company Aldamisa International has tapped industry vet Jere Hausfater as chief operating officer, effective immediately.
Company is also in talks with former Voltage exec Nadine de Barros to come on board as president of international sales.
Hausfater, whose history includes posts with Intermedia Films and Disney, will partner with Alexander Rodnyansky’s AR Films to oversee worldwide sales for Aldamisa at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. That includes shopping Robert Rodriguez’s upcoming pics “Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” and “Machete Kills” (Aldamisa reps AR Films U.S.’ projects worldwide).
Aldamisa will also rep an untitled project from “Die Hard 2” helmer Renny Harlin currently in post-production.
“Jere is one of the most talented and seasoned executives in the industry,” said Aldamisa co-chair and co-CEO Sergei Bespalov. “He brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, relationships and passion to our company and projects.”
Hausfater, who served as a consultant to Aldamisa on several films prior to his appointment, most recently founded and worked as CEO of Essential Entertainment. Before that, he served as exec VP of Miramax International, where he worked on distribution for the original “Sin City.” He also spent more than 12 years as an exec with Buena Vista.
Aldamisa could not confirm talk of de Barros’ appointment, but sources say she notified friends of the move in an email last week.
De Barros joined Nicolas Chartier and Dean Devlin’s Voltage in 2005 after serving as VP of international sales and acquisitions at Crystal Sky’s genre division Renegade Worldwide.
Aldamisa co-chairs and co-CEOs Sergei and Marina Bespalov founded Aldamisa in 2011. Company is a subsidiary of Aldamisa Entertainment and is based in Encino, California.
BERLIN – Aldamisa Intl. will launch the first sales at the Berlin European Film Market on “Summer Crossing,” Scarlett Johansson’s directorial debut.
First announced at Aldamisa at 2013’s Cannes Festival, “Summer Crossing” is adapts Truman Capote’s first novel, which he never published, about a 17-year-old debutante who passes up on her trip to Paris for a romance with a Jewish valet parking attendant in the New York heat wave of the summer of 1945.
CAA handles U.S. rights. Cast announcements will be made shortly. Originally slated for first-half 2014, production is scheduled for later this year, in New York City.
“I am so excited to bring ‘Summer Crossing’ off the page and onto the screen as my directorial debut,” said Johansson.
“As a story that follows a love story for the lost generation of a post-war America, I feel Truman’s words are more relevant today than ever before.”
Oscar winner Barry Spikings is producing, along with twice nominated Producer, Stacey Sher, Aldamisa co-chairman Sergei Bespalov and Tessela Production’s Oleg Boyko. Peter Graves, Jason Van Eman and Ben McConley serve as executive producers.
“We are excited and feel extremely privileged to be working with Scarlett on such a classic and emotionally stirring film,” says Bespalov.
“Scarlett’s definitive vision, coupled with Barry and Stacey’s track record for excellence are certainly the ingredients for success.”
Dimension has unveiled a new trailer forRobert Rodriguez‘s and Frank Miller‘sSin City: A Dame To Kill For, adapted from Miller’s neo-noir graphic novels. The ultra-violent action crime thriller weaves two Sin City stories together into one hard-boiled narrative pitting the city’s thugs, lowlifes, and femme fatales against each other, with a cast that includes Jessica Alba, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Josh Brolin, Eva Green, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson, Juno Temple, Jaime King, Jamie Chung, Dennis Haysbert, and more. Sin City 2 hits theaters August 22 opposite WB’s If I Stay and sports drama When The Game Stands Tall:
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