CANNES: Danny Dimbort to Join Red Granite to Launch New Sales Division

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He is leaving Millennium/Nu Image, where he has long been associated with Avi Lerner, to head up Red Granite International.

Cannes -- On the eve of the Cannes Film Market, Danny Dimbort has made a surprise announcement that he is leaving Millennium/Nu Image, where he has long been associated with Avi Lerner, to join Red Granite Pictures, where he will head up a new international sales division.

Dimbort had been one of the founding partners of Nu Image along with Lerner, Trevor Short and Danny Lerner. At Red Granite, he’ll take on the role of president of the new sales division.

Also joining Dimbort in the move are Christian Mercuri, who has been serving as president of international sales and distribution at Nu Image and who will become co-president at Red Granite, and Joe Gatta, the head of Millennium Films who will become president of production at Red Granite, overseeing its feature film slate.

Dimbort and Mercuri said that they will stay with Nu Image through the Cannes market before moving to Red Granite International, which will officially begin operations this summer.

Red Granite, the L.A.-based production and finance company led by founder, chairman and CEO Riza Aziz and vice chairman Joey McFarland, said that it plans to expand its operations by beefing up production and opening the new
sales shingle.

The company most recently teamed with Point West Prods. and Locomotive to produce writer/director Jennifer Westfeldt’s romantic comedy Friends With Kids, starring Jon Hamm, Megan Fox, Westfeldt and Kristen Wiig. The film
will be added to the Red Granite International slate when the division begins operations. Cinetic Media is handling U.S. sales for the film.

Red Granite said it is aiming to produce four to five features a year and looking to acquire negative pickups and third-party productions.

“This is an exciting time for Red Granite Pictures. We have big plans for the company but realize that at this crucial stage you’re only as good as your senior executive team paving the way for continued growth. With Danny, Christian and Joe on board, we feel we are in a great position to grow the company, establish a significant footprint in the global film arena and ultimately build a strong brand,” McFarland said.

Added Aziz, “We are tremendously excited to have them join our international sales team, and we look forward to working together to bring high quality commercial feature films to the marketplace.”