David Kosse Leaving Film4 to Head STX's New International Division
Kosse had been in the top role at the U.K. production house for less than two years.
STX Entertainment has poached Film4 CEO David Kosse to head up its overseas expansion plans.
Announced Friday, Kosse is set to come aboard as president of the new STX International, which will be based in London and look for global development and distribution opportunities.
The surprise move sees Kosse, a hugely respected figure in the industry, exit a post he only took up at the start of 2015, when he left Universal and joined Film4 to replace the outgoing Tessa Ross. In that time, the British production banner has enjoyed a record awards season, with 15 Academy Award nominations, picking up wins for Amy, Room and Ex Machina. The company recently announced an increase in investment funding to $36 million to boost its future slate.
"An executive of David’s stature and expertise is rare and we are thrilled that he has chosen to join STX and lead our International division," said STX COO Thomas McGrath. "By enhancing our ability to place talent and brands in the right geographic areas to reach targeted audiences, we have a unique opportunity to maximize value for all of our partners. David has the experience, know-how and relationships to pinpoint optimal distribution and execute our international strategy."
The move reunites Kosse with STX Motion Picture Group chair Adam Fogelson, with whom he worked for many years at Universal. Fogelson said he was "ecstatic to be working with David again," adding that his "deep talent relationships and brilliant eye for globally commercial content will be invaluable as we continue to make films for worldwide audiences.”
Kosse is set to formally take up the post on June 1, but in the interim will consult the company on the campaigns and rollout of certain upcoming STX films, including Bad Moms, The Space Between Us and Bye Bye Man.
According to a Film4 spokesperson, the company had been aware of his decision to leave for "several months" and that a successor would be announced imminently. "David leaves on good terms with the organization and will work on the transition with his successor at Film4 on a consultancy basis until October," he added.