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Fortitude International Launches, with Berlin in Sights

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood January 21, 2014 at 1:35PM

Veteran foreign sales agent Nadine de Barros, financier-producer Daniel Wagner (Sundance entry “Young Ones”) and producer Robert Ogden Barnum (“All Is Lost”) have partnered to launch Fortitude International, an LA-based sales and financing outfit. De Barrosis set to meet with film buyers at the upcoming European Film Market at the Berlinale.
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Daniel Wagner
Daniel Wagner
Nadine de Barros
Nadine de Barros

Veteran foreign sales agent Nadine de Barros, financier-producer Daniel Wagner (Sundance entry “Young Ones”) and producer Robert Ogden Barnum (“All Is Lost”) have partnered to launch Fortitude International, an LA-based sales and financing outfit.  De Barrosis set to meet with film buyers at the upcoming European Film Market at the Berlinale.

Fortitude will also fully finance projects, looking to produce commercial and director-driven material; it will finance and sell 10-15 movies a year.

Robert Ogden Barnum
Robert Ogden Barnum

-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.

 -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

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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.