CANNES — Pantelion Films is launching an international division and has tapped veteran international theatrical sales executive Anne-Marie Ross as president.
In addition to overseeing international sales of Pantelion’s own titles, Ross, who most recently served as Lionsgate’s executive vp sales overseeing several key European territories, Australia and Japan, will launch a third-party business to represent films for international sales and licensing. She’ll also work closely with Pantelion’s development and production teams to assemble a film slate with global appeal.
Pantelion, a joint venture between Lionsgate and Televisa, will kick off its international slate at this year’s Cannes Film Festival with La Vida Robot, starring George Lopez. The film is based on the true story of four undocumented Mexican-American high school students who compete against MIT in a national underwater robotics competition.
During her 13-year tenure at Lionsgate, Ross helped the company generate more than $2 billion at the worldwide box office for two years in a row, led by the global blockbuster Hunger Games franchise and the new YA franchise Divergent.
Ross also helped shepherd international sales of the Saw franchise, the most successful horror franchise in history, as well as Oscar-winning films like Monster’s Ball and Hotel Rwanda and third-party titles such as Alcon’s Prisoners. Ross previously worked for PorchLight Films and All American Television.
“Anne-Marie has been a proven star for Lionsgate’s international theatrical sales operations, and her knowledge of the global marketplace and network of relationships around the world make her perfectly suited to help us build Pantelion’s international business,” said Pantelion’s CEO Paul Presburger. “From original films to co-productions, local language remakes and third-party titles, we see opportunities throughout the global marketplace for Pantelion’s diversified slate of mainstream commercial films with cross-cultural appeal and relatable Hispanic characters, themes and settings.”
Pantelion recently found big success with comedy Instructions Not Included, which grossed nearly $100 million worldwide and was the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.