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Daniel Battsek Lands at Cohen Media Group

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 14, 2012 at 1:43PM

Brit film executive Daniel Battsek, who ran Miramax Films after the Weinsteins left Disney, has landed at Cohen Media Group as president. Battsek was president at National Geographic Films until it shut down in December 2011. He will work closely with Cohen Media Group chairman and CEO Charles Cohen on the acquisition, production and distribution of CMG titles, as well the Cohen Film Collection, which includes The Rohauer Library.
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Daniel Battsek
Daniel Battsek

Brit film executive Daniel Battsek, who ran Miramax Films after the Weinsteins left Disney, has landed at Cohen Media Group as president. Battsek was president at National Geographic Films until it shut down in December 2011. He will work closely with Cohen Media Group chairman and CEO Charles Cohen on the acquisition, production and distribution of CMG titles, as well the Cohen Film Collection, which includes The Rohauer Library.

Among films coming in 2013 is Pablo Berger’s "Blancanieves," starring Maribel Verdu and Angelina Molina, which is Spain’s foreign language Oscar submission; Fernando Trueba’s "The Artist and the Model," co-starring Jean Rochefort and Claudia Cardinale; Francois Ozon’s" In the House," which stars Kristin Scott Thomas; and Rachid Bouchareb’s first American film, "Just Like A Woman," starring Sienna Miler.

Battsek will also supervise CMG’s production slate. In the pipeline are "Double Cross," "Operation Mincemeat" and a remake of French film "You Will Be My Son." Over the past three years, CMG has released "The Other Son," "Farewell, My Queen" and such classic titles as Luis Bunuel’s "Tristana." More rereleases are planned, including the restored 1924 "Thief of Bagdad," starring Douglas Fairbanks, as well as other films from Silent Era greats Fairbanks, D.W. Griffith and Buster Keaton, via Blu-ray, DVD and VOD.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.