King crowns Vaines at GK Films

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LONDON -- Veteran British movie executive Colin Vaines is leaving the Weinstein Co. to join Oscar winner Graham King's GK Films as co-president of production.

Announced Friday, the move will see Vaines report directly to King and work alongside Gail Lyon, the company's current co-president of production.

Lyon will continue to spearhead development, pre-production and packaging of films while Vaines will be charged with overseeing GK's film productions, taking a leading creative role during the physical production phase, the company said.

Based in GK Films' Los Angeles office, Vaines starts in October.

"Since first working with Colin on 'Gangs of New York' I have been consistently impressed with his unrelenting eye for detail during production and beyond. He's a perfect compliment to the excellent production team we have in place here," King said in a statement.

For his part. Vaines described the GK Films' slate as "exciting," adding: "Working for the last eight years with Harvey and Bob Weinstein has been one of the great experiences of my career. I am thrilled that I now have the opportunity to join Graham and his outstanding team."

During his tenure at TWC and Miramax before that, Vaines was executive producer on "Miss Potter" and Anthony Minghella's "Breaking and Entering."

He was first appointed to Miramax in 1999 as its New York-based executive vp development. In 2002, he took up the position of executive vp European production and development, working out of the company's U.K. office.

Through King's production deal with Warner Bros., he is set to produce Johnny Depp starrer "Shantaram," which is being produced in conjunction with Infinitum Nihil and Plan B.

Also with Infinitum Nihil, King will produce "Sasha's Story: The Life and Death of a Russian Spy" and "The Rum Diaries," with Warner Independent Pictures.
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