Lakeshore Ramping Up International Arm, Hires Sales Chief (Exclusive)

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Laura Austin-Little

Laura Austin-Little arrives at the production and financing company from Megan Ellison's Annapurna International.

Lakeshore Entertainment is ramping up its foreign operation, bringing Laura Austin-Little aboard as head of international sales and acquisitions.

In a twinned move, Jason Buckley has been promoted to senior vice president of international sales. The hires were engineered by Lakeshore chairman-CEO Tom Rosenberg and chief operating office Eric Reid, and come in advance of the Cannes Film Festival, where the newly formed sales team will be shopping several projects to foreign buyers.

They include Lakeshore's American Pastoral, the adaptation of Philip Roth's novel that Ewan McGregor is directing. McGregor will also star in the film opposite Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning. Lakeshore will also use Cannes to tout The Boy, a psychological thriller starring Lauren Cohan (The Walking Dead).

“Lakeshore’s upcoming slate will be some of the best films we’ve produced in the past 20 years, and we are excited to have Laura’s talent in bringing these films to our long-standing international distribution partners,” Reid said.

Austin-Little arrives at Lakeshore from Megan Ellison's Annapurna International, where she worked on American Hustle and Zero Dark Thirty, among other titles. The British-born sales agent previously worked in London for Exclusive Media, Working Title and Warner Bros. International.

Other upcoming movies in the works at Lakeshore include the fifth installment in the Underworld franchise, international heist caper Brilliant and Train, director James Foley's adaptation of Pete Dexter's novel.

Completed films include The Age of Adaline, starring Blake Lively, Harrison Ford and Ellen Burstyn, and The Vatican Tapes, starring Michael Pena, Dougray Scott and Djimon Hounsou. Lionsgate is releasing both films in the U.S. Adaline goes out April 24, while Vatican Tapes opens in theaters May 22.