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Dan Friedkin and Micah Green’s startup 30WEST has poached one of the top attorneys working in the indie film finance space. Sarah Hong is joining 30WEST as the company’s senior vp business and legal affairs. For the past five years, Hong has worked at Sloss Eckhouse in New York, negotiating acquisition, development and distribution deals covering film, TV and digital media.
Hong recently advised on such films as the George Clooney-directed Suburbicon — which makes its North American debut at the Toronto Film Festival on Sunday — as well as Broken Lizard’s Super Troopers 2, Sundance darling The Incredible Jessica James, the Beachside Films-produced Strangers and Nicole Holofcener’s upcoming The Land of Steady Habits, starring Ben Mendelsohn and Edie Falco.
30WEST was launched in April by entrepreneur Friedkin and Green, the former co-head of CAA’s Finance and Sales Group. The company, which provides capital and strategic guidance to high-caliber creative projects and forward-thinking companies, is expected to be very active at TIFF. Hong will remain based in New York, where she will work with new 30WEST partner Dan Steinman (the company also has offices in L.A.).
Most recently, 30WEST arranged financing for Ridley Scott’s true crime thriller chronicling the 1973 kidnapping of J. Paul Getty III, All the Money in the World, which stars Michelle Williams, Kevin Spacey and Mark Wahlberg and is scheduled for theatrical release this Christmas.
In addition to 30WEST, Friedkin is also the co-founder and principal with partner Bradley Thomas of Imperative Entertainment, which is producing Eric Roth’s adaptation of Killers of the Flower Moon, a film that is rumored to mark a reteaming of Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio.
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