International Film Trust Announces Key Hires

Joseph Lanius has joined the international sales and distribution company, along with Benaroya Pictures' Clayton Young and Sierra Nielsen.

The International Film Trust has announced several new hires.

Joseph Lanius has joined the international sales and distribution company from After Dark Films and will assume the newly created head of business and legal affairs post, it was announced Wednesday by International Film Trust president Ariel Veneziano and Benaroya Pictures' Michael Benaroya.

Additionally, Clayton Young expands his role from head of finance for Benaroya Pictures to head of financial operations at International Film Trust. He will oversee financial operations for both companies, managing the operating budgets for International Film Trust and Benaroya Pictures.

Sierra Nielsen has been tapped as director of development and acquisitions, where she will work with Veneziano and head of sales Christian de Gallegos to source projects for acquisitions and international sales. She was previously a development executive at Benaroya Pictures.

“These new appointments reinforce the synergy between our two companies,” said Veneziano and Benaroya in a joint statement. “Building on the recent launch of our company at Cannes and the announcement of key projects such as The Toxic Avenger, King of the Kastle, Exists and Cell, we have brought together a team of specialists in their fields to allow us to grow in line with our business plan.”

International Film Trust is a joint venture between co-founders Benaroya and Miscellaneous Entertainment principals D. Todd Shepherd and George Waud.