Lindsay exits Kimmel International

Sierra Pictures to take over foreign sales

Mark Lindsay has resigned as head of Kimmel International, the foreign sales division of Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, which is moving its New York-based sales operation to the West Coast.

While it's expected that SKI will retain a few staffers of its own, SKE's foreign sales moving forward will be handled by Nick Meyer's new company Sierra Pictures, which will be based at SKE's offices in Beverly Hills. Meyer, who served as president of Paramount Vantage until December, also is the former president of Lionsgate International.

Sierra will handle all sales and servicing of the existing Kimmel International titles as well as future SKE projects.

SKE said that Lindsay chose to resign in order to remain in New York.

The company said the move, described as a "consolidation," will allow SKE to focus on developing, financing and producing films. To that end, Bingham Ray, SKE president of creative affairs, will also spend more time in L.A.

"We have tremendous gratitude and appreciation for Mark's years of service in building KI into a pre-eminent sales and distribution outfit. We are sorry to part ways and yet understand Mark's desire to remain based on the East Coast," company founder Sidney Kimmel said.

"SKE is thrilled to announce our association with Nick and his new venture, Sierra Pictures, which will be housed at our SKE headquarters in Beverly Hills," SKE president Jim Tauber added. "Nick has a stellar track record in the foreign sales business from Sony to Lionsgate, and we couldn't be more pleased that we can be a ground-floor tenant in his new enterprise."