H20 dips arm in int'l waters


H2O Motion Pictures principals Andras Hamori and Mark Horowitz said Thursday that the company is launching an international sales and co-production arm to handle sales, marketing and financing for eight to 12 English-language independent feature films per year.

Hamori and Horowitz worked together when they launched Alliance Pictures and Alliance Atlantis Pictures International, respectively, for Canadian media company Alliance Atlantis Entertainment. Al Linton, former chief financial officer of Castle Rock Entertainment and New World Pictures, will serve as H2O's chief financial officer.

Horowitz, who will oversee marketing and acquisition activities, said, "We will fully utilize our expertise in successfully placing the right film with the right international distributor to maximize its creative and financial potential."

H2O, which has offices in London, Amsterdam and Los Angeles, unveiled a debut slate that includes "Opium," helmed by Janos Szasz, which is in postproduction; "People Who Knock on the Door," based on the Patricia Highsmith novel, which is in preproduction; and "Crawling at Night," a romantic drama directed by Kimi Takesue, which is in preproduction.

Horowitz most recently launched ThinkFilm International and oversaw international sales for "Half Nelson," "Murderball" and "The Aristocrats."

Under the H2O banner, Hamori produced the action comedy "The 51st State," starring Samuel L. Jackson; "Max," starring John Cusack; "Owning Mahowny," starring Philip Seymour Hoffman; and "Fateless," Hungary's official selection for the foreign-language Oscar last year.