Veteran foreign sales agent Nadine de Barros, financier/producer Daniel Wagner (Kill The Trumpet Player, Young Ones) and producer Robert Ogden Barnum (All Is Lost, Lawless) have partnered to launch Fortitude International, a new sales and financing outfit based in Los Angeles. De Barros will be meeting with film buyers at the upcoming European Film Market at the Berlinale.
De Barros most recently served as Head of Sales at Aldamisa International, and was previously Vice President of Sales and Acquisitions at Voltage Pictures. She has handled sales on such films as Sin City 2, Chef and Machete Kills as well as The Hurt Locker, Don Jon and Killer Joe.
In addition to sales, Fortitude will also fully finance projects, and will be actively looking to produce strong, commercial and director driven material immediately. The company will finance and sell 10-15 movies a year and has at its disposal equity, bridge and senior debt capabilities.
Fortitude will also focus on sourcing and financing television series and miniseries.
De Barros has always had a foot in television and previously sold TNT’s Leverage, The Triangle on SyFy, True Justice on Reelz and most recently SAF3.
“I am thrilled to be working with Daniel and Rob as we build Fortitude into a full-service international sales and financing company. I’m also very excited about our forthcoming slate of projects, both film and television series and miniseries,” said de Barros.
“Through Fortitude International, we have created a company that will provide important services and support not just for our personal slate of films, but to our present and future producing partners as well. I'm excited to partner with such talented and dedicated individuals on this new venture,” said Wagner.
“As financiers, Nadine brings us the international market knowledge that is so imperative to us when evaluating projects. Fortitude will be a haven for filmmakers and artists to make creatively and commercially successful films,” said Barnum.
Wagner’s LA-based production and finance company BiFrost Pictures launched last year at Cannes and has recently greenlit high profile projects including the Miles Davis biography KILL THE TRUMPET PLAYER, which will star and be directed by Don Cheadle. Other projects include Jake Paltrow’s Sundance entry YOUNG ONES with Michael Shannon and Nicholas Hoult, Paul Bettany’s directorial debut SHELTER starring Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Mackie, the romantic comedy WE’LL NEVER HAVE PARIS from director and star Simon Helberg, and THE WORLD MADE STRAIGHT which stars Noah Wiley, Haley Joel Osment and Minka Kelly.Robert Ogden Barnum, also a producer on Kill the Trumpet Player and Shelter, is a co-founder of the financing firm e2b Capital with Cassian Elwes, and most recently executive produced All Is Lost starring Robert Redford and directed by JC Chandor. Other recent projects include Lawless, starring Shia Labeouf and Tom Hardy and Chandor’s first film Margin Call, starring Kevin Spacey. Barnum has also served as an executive, overseeing operations and strategy of both Benaroya Pictures and Annapurna Pictures, both major independent film financiers.
A highly respected veteran in the sales of film and TV
properties to the international market, Nadine represents projects of
various budgets and
genres making sales to distributors worldwide. She has
represented over 350 films and TV series in the last 12 years. Until
September of 2013, she
was the President of Aldamisa International. In the last
year, she has been responsible for the sales of “Machete Kills” starring
Lady Gaga and Mel
Gibson, “Sin City 2” a 75 million dollar budget film
directed by Robert Rodriguez and starring Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon
Levitt and an ensemble
cast, and “Chef” starring Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Junior
and Scarlett Johansson. She is also overseeing production, financing and
“Captive” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, “Rescue 3” a 22
episode series currently in production, and Barbra’s Streisand’s
directorial return, “The
Margaret Bourke-White Story”. For 7 years prior to Aldamisa,
Nadine was the President of Sales and Acquisitions of Voltage Pictures,
a sales agency
which she launched with global sales expert Nicolas
Chartier. At Voltage she worked on Best Picture Academy Award Winner
“The Hurt Locker”, “Killer
Joe” directed by William Friedkin and starring Matthew
McConaughey, “Company you Keep” directed and starring Robert Redford,
and “Leverage” a 77
episode TNT series.
She also worked at Summit Entertainment when it was a growing foreign sales company and in Paris at Opening Distribution.
Nadine is a French and American Citizen who speaks both languages fluently. She graduated from the American University in Paris where she began her film career.