Berlin 2012: Veteran Sales Agent Camela Galano Forms New Company
Speranza13 Media will shop two projects at EFM, "Open Grave" and "Romeo and Juliet."
BERLIN -- Veteran international film executive Camela Galano's new foreign sales company Speranza13 Media is making its debut at the European Film Market with two titles, including Open Grave, directed by Apollo 18's Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego.
The other title is Romeo and Juliet, adapted by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey, Gosford Park) and directed by Carlo Carlei (Flight of the Innocent).
Galano spent 22 years as president of New Line International before transitioning to president of Warner Bros. International Film Acquisitions. At New Line, she spearheaded foreign sales on a string of hits, including Peter Jackson's blockbuster The Lord of the Rings franchise.
"The role of the international sales agent has grown significantly in the last few years due to the economic climate. There's a real need for valuable sales experience -- we're expecting a very strong start in Berlin and have high hopes for the titles," Galano said.
Open Grave -- the haunting tale of six desperate individuals who wake up with amnesia-like symptoms in a remote forest next to an open grave of rotting bodies -- is the second feature film from Atlas Independent, a division of Charles Roven's Atlas Entertainment. Production is set to begin in April.
Romeo and Juliet stars Hailee Steinfeld as Juliet and Douglas Booth as Romeo. The film, while true to its original period setting, is designed to draw in younger audiences and began shooting in Italy at the beginning of the year. Amber Entertainment is producing.