Charles Layton is used to being the power behind the throne. He worked at Harvey Weinstein's side first as executive vp of Miramax Films and then at the Weinstein Co. Before Miramax, Layton was COO of Douglas/Reuther Prods., Michael Douglas' Paramount-based shingle. Now he's come to Canada as president of Montreal-based indie movie distributor Alliance Films, led by veteran local player Victor Loewy as executive chairman. Layton took the job in August 2007, soon after the company was acquired by Goldman Sachs & Co. He talked to THR about his latest challenge: to get Alliance through an industry shakeout and the market downturn as a bigger, diversified player.