Worldview Entertainment Hires Clifford Werber to Head Motion Picture Group
Worldview Entertainment has hired 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. veteran Clifford Werber to head up its motion picture group. The company is expanding in the wake of inking a five-year, multi-picture partnership with The Weinstein Co., where the companies will team on a slate of films.
As president of the group, Werber will report to chairman and CEO Christopher Woodrow and chief operating officer Molly Conners, helping oversee Worldview's film finance, production and distribution operations.
"From its inception in 2007, Worldview has evolved into a preeminent film financing and production company and grown to a scale that mandated an additional executive hire to help manage our product flow and evolving distribution deals," Woodrow said. "Clifford, with his extensive independent film production and major studio experience, was the perfect hire."
Added Werber: "I've been in search of the right opportunity to leverage my studio-honed skill set, help equity investors navigate the industry and grow an independent film company. Christopher and Molly have done an outstanding job building such a dynamic company and I’m excited to be joining them at such a momentous time in Worldview’s evolution."
Werber was a senior executive in charge of worldwide co-productions and acquisitions at Fox and Warner Bros. During his tenure at the two studios, he oversaw the distribution of independent films, as well as structured and coordinated equity film financing deals with companies such as Alcon Entertainment, Lightstorm Entertainment, Village Roadshow Pictures and Morgan Creek Productions. He also was an early architect of the studios' successful local-language film initiatives.
Worldview is co-financing four upcoming TWC films including Justin Chadwick’s period drama Tulip Fever, starring Christoph Waltz, Dane DeHaan and Alicia Vikander; and Simon Curtis’ drama The Woman in Gold, with Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds. Both films are scheduled to begin shooting this month.
Worldview will premiere Michel Hazanavicius' drama The Search in competition at the Cannes Film Festival.