Los Angeles: Sony Pictures Entertainment taps two veteran movie studio executives to lead a new department focusing on international film production.
The initiative is aimed at expanding the Culver City-based studio’s existing international movie production operations under a new division, dubbed the International Motion Picture Production Group.
Gareth Wigan, vice chairman of Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, and veteran producer Deborah Schindler, will run the department, the company said.
“As a global company, this move reflects our commitment to artists and filmmakers who are telling stories in their own language for audiences in their own countries as well as around the world,” said Amy Pascal, Sony Pictures Entertainment’s co-chairman.
Wigan, who is based in Culver City, has been in charge of building the studio’s internationally produced film business for more than a decade.
Schindler has been running Columbia Pictures’ East Coast film production and development operation from New York since 2005. She also has several production credits, including the films “Maid in Manhattan” and “Waiting to Exhale.”
Foreign films have become a bigger audience draw in the United States in recent years. American studios are making more money from overseas box office than they do from the US and even more from DVD sales, which are international in scope.
Indigenous film industries have also grown stronger in several foreign countries, including India, Mexico, Brazil and China.