Mark Gill Named President of Millennium Films
The company plans on producing and financing eight wide-release movies per year with budgets between $20 and $80 million.
Mark Gill, who comes out of the world of smaller, indie films, is joining Millennium Films, which specializes in mainstream movies with marquee names, often aimed at the international market.
Gill, who closed down his own company The Film Department last month, was named Millennium’s president on Tuesday.
The company said it plans to produce and finance five to eight star-driven, wide-release movies per year with budgets between $20 and $80 million.
Gill will work closely with Nu Image/Millennium Films toppers Avi Lerner and Trevor Short and development head Boaz Davidson, starting in July, with particular focus on development, packaging, production and marketing.
“It’s a new Millennium,” said Lerner of the unusual choice. “Mark and I have known each other for 10 years, and have worked together very well in the past. He is highly respected in the creative community, has a strong business sense, and is a very hard worker who likes to move as quickly as we do. I am confident that we will be an extremely effective team.”
“At first glance, Avi and I may seem like the ultimate odd couple,” admitted Gill, who held positions at Miramax Films and Warner Independent earlier in his career. “But we’ve always gotten along really well, and we share the same ambition — to make high-quality commercial movies that are strong both creatively and economically on a worldwide basis.” Gill added, “I admire his business acumen, and have a ton of respect for his longevity in a business that tends to eat its young. And he makes me laugh.”
Before it shut its doors, Gill’s Film Department enjoyed some success with the 2009 thriller Law Abiding Citizen, starring Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx, which earned $133 million at the worldwide box office. But unable to raise additional equity needed to break through into distribution, the four-year old company was forced to shutter.
Prior to that, Gill spent three years as president of Warner Independent Pictures, which released the Oscar winning doc March of the Penguins. Earlier, he was a partner in the Stratus Film Co., and before that spent eight years at Miramax, where he ultimately served as president of Miramax/L.A.