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Paladin's Urman Heads for Toronto

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood September 9, 2009 at 6:20AM

Indie vet Mark Urman, former ThinkFilm and Senator exec, has wasted no time returning to the depleted indie distribution ranks. In July he formed Paladin, and will be hunting for pick-ups in Toronto. His latest pick-up debuted at last year's festival--Tennesee Williams' 20s romance Loss of a Teardrop Diamond, starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Ellen Burstyn and Ann-Margret, will open in NY and LA in December.
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Thompson on Hollywood

Indie vet Mark Urman, former ThinkFilm and Senator exec, has wasted no time returning to the depleted indie distribution ranks. In July he formed Paladin, and will be hunting for pick-ups in Toronto. His latest pick-up debuted at last year's festival--Tennesee Williams' 20s romance Loss of a Teardrop Diamond, starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Ellen Burstyn and Ann-Margret, will open in NY and LA in December.

Paladin has built a modest slate of art-house indies. Paladin’s first release Disgrace, based on the J.M. Coetzee novel and starring John Malkovich, will open in NY on September 18, expanding to other key markets on September 25. Opening in November is Brant Serson's SXSW comedy Splinterheads, starring Thomas Middleditch and Rachael Taylor. And Bette Gordon's Tribeca entry Handsome Harry, starring Jamey Sheridan, Steve Buscemi and Aidan Quinn, will open in early 2010.

Urman has reunited at Paladin with two former ThinkFilm execs, Amanda Sherwin (marketing head) and Michael Tuckman (theatrical sales).

This article is related to: Festivals, Independents, Toronto


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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.