Film Dept. boosts exec roster


NEW YORK -- Mark Gill and Neil Sacker's Film Department is beefing up its ranks with five staffers and a production vp, Amanda Coplan.

Andrew Klausmeyer, John Meckler, Natalie Borlaug, Christine Otal and Isaac Takeuchi have been brought aboard as creative execs at the five-week-old film financing, production and sales outfit.

Coplan comes to the company from Warner Independent Pictures, where she worked with Gill in development, production and acquisitions. She will report to president of production Robert Katz in Film Dept.'s West Hollywood offices.

Meckler is another alumni of WIP, where he worked as a script analyst. Klausmeyer and Otal both arrived from UTA, where they worked in the motion picture literary department, and where Otai also served in the television literary department. Borlaug was previously an assistant to Todd Phillips Co. producer Daniel Goldberg and director William Friedkin on "Bug." Takeuchi spent the last four years in CAA's motion picture literary department.

Coplan, who worked with Gill on such films as "Good Night, and Good Luck" and "March of the Penguins," previously served as a brand strategy consultant for New Line Home Entertainment and Cirque du Soleil.

Formed in late June, Film Dept. plans to use its $200 million in capital to finance and produce six films a year budgeted from $10 million-$35 million.