Daniel Battsek resurfaces at Nat Geo Films
NGF president Adam Leipzig stepping down to exec produce
Just a little more than two months after he was forced out as head of Disney's specialty label Miramax Films, Daniel Battsek is resurfacing at National Geographic Films.
The company would not confirm Battsek's move on Tuesday, but it acknowledged that Adam Leipzig, who currently serves as president of National Geographic Films, is shifting over to executive producer status on two of the company's current projects.
According to National Geographic president David Beal, "After six incredible years of setting the strategic course for National Geographic Films, Adam Leipzig's relationship transitions to executive producer of two in-process National Geographic Entertainment projects, Peter Weir's 'The Way Back' and the miniseries 'Undaunted Courage,' with HBO."
"The Way Back" is a drama about a group of soldiers who escaped from a Siberian gulag in 1940 and stars Colin Farrell, Ed Harris, Jim Sturges and Saoirse Ronan.
"Undaunted Courage," a mini-series about explorers Lewis and Clark, is being produced for HBO by National Geographic along with Edward Norton's Class 5 and Brad Pitt's Plan B banners.
A producer and former Disney exec before joining NGF, Leipzig was instrumental in NGF, along with Warner Independent Pictures, acquiring the Oscar-winning doc "March of the Penguins" at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. The film went on to gross more than $77 million domestically.
He also produced NGF's "Arctic Tale" and exec produced the company's "The Choir."