Arclight Taps Mark Lazarus to Head Up its Australian Operations
SYDNEY – Screen Australia drama investment manager Mark Lazarus is leaving the agency to head up Arclight Films Australian operations as head of creative and acquisitions, the distribution company said on Wednesday.
Lazarus has been at Screen Australia for five years where he has he’s worked on films including: Patrick Hughes’ Red Hill, Kimble Rendall’s Bait 3D, recent Sundance phenomenon The Babadook, the Spierig Brothers’ Pedsetination, starring Ethan Hawke, and Julius Avery’s Son Of A Gun, starring Ewan McGregor, among others.
Lazarus also supervised Screen Australia’s involvement in a number of high-profile TV drama series including Shine and the Seven Network’s INXS miniseries, Never Tear Us Apart, as well as the upcoming flagship miniseries Gallipoli from the Nine Network and Endemol Australia.
“We’re thrilled that Mark is joining the Arclight Films family, as the new head of creative and acquisitions in Australia,” said Gary Hamilton, Arclight Films managing director .
“His reputation precedes him in bringing priceless, in-depth, hands-on experience in the successful development of projects. Mark knows precisely how to ensure a film has the proper foundation from which to grow and having worked together on a variety of projects over the years, we foresee a very fruitful future together.”
In a 25-year film career Lazarus’ credits as a producer include The Loved Ones, winner of the Cadillac People’s Choice Award for TIFF’s Midnight Madness sidebar in 2009; Restraint, starring Travis Fimmel, Teresa Palmer and Stephen Moir; and Australian Rules, an official selection at Sundance
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with the team at Screen Australia for the last five years. The quality of the people, the work and the connections gave me invaluable experience in the development, finance and production of movies and television,” Lazarus said.
“I’m excited to get back into the private sector now, however, and doubly excited that a company as dynamic as Arclight has asked me to join their team. I’m looking forward to working with Australian distributors to bring world-class projects to the marketplace."