Rogers, BEG clock in at Omega

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Omega Entertainment has made two moves designed to transform it into a global financing, production and sales entity. Peter Rogers has been named president, and the company has entered into a two-year, first-look financing deal with Howard and Karen Baldwin's Baldwin Entertainment Group banner (HR 4/25).

Switzerland-based Omega, which had been financing small to midsize pictures and selling pan-European rights, is seeking to become a "European-based independent powerhouse," founder Markus Barmettler said.

It plans to make and release as many as 10 films a year, with budgets ranging from $10 million-$60 million.

Rogers, who will be headquartered in a new London office overseeing all international operations, was president of Lakeshore International.

Omega and BEG are in the midst of putting together a slate that includes "Mandrake," a contemporary action-adventure film based on the classic comic "Mandrake the Magician," which Chuck Russell will direct; "Luna," a biopic of eco-warrior Julia Butterfly Hill, to be directed by Deepa Mehta; "1:30 Train," a love story that Joel Schumacher is in talks to direct; and the romantic comedy "Indiscretion," which Peter Cattaneo will direct.

Rogers and Omega co-founder and executive vp Solvej Malis will unveil the Baldwin slate at the Festival de Cannes in this month.
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