Peter Carlton to head Warp Europe

Int'l arm for British-based production stable Warp Films

LONDON -- Peter Carlton is leaving his post as second in command at Film4 to spearhead the launch of Warp Europe, an international arm for British-based production stable Warp Films.

Carlton exits Film4, Channel 4's standalone filmmaking arm, to head up ambitions to take Warp Films into the development of "bigger projects with international directing names and international appeal." He will be tasked with looking at developing and financing non-U.S. English-language projects but will also "be open to foreign language where appropriate."

He has the full backing of his former employer of six years, with Film4 remaining a partner, alongside U.K.-based Studio Canal-owned distributor Optimum Releasing and Warp Films itself.

Carlton joins Warp Films joint managing directors Mark Herbert and Robin Gutch and will also perform an exec producer role across selected projects from the U.K.-based slate.

Current projects on Warp's production slate include Richard Ayoade's debut feature "Submarine" and Chris Morris' "Four Lions." Other projects from Shane Meadows and Paul King are also in the pipeline.

Herbert said after backing his "Dead Man's Shoes" while at Film4, Carlton's taste makes him "ideal" to head up the new division.

Carlton bows out of Film4 after six years, latterly as senior commissioning exec working alongside Film4 chief Tessa Ross.

Carlton said he leaves Film4 with "a mixture of excitement and sadness" but said it is "time for new challenges."

He added: "I believe there's a great opportunity here to make more ambitious, European-based productions with some of the world's most distinctive directors, new and established, and my ambitions chime perfectly with those of Warp."

Ross said he would be "hugely missed" at Film4 but "we all look forward to working with him and with our friends at Warp and at Optimum on many exciting projects in the future."

For Optimum Releasing, the venture cements an informal relationship with Warp, which started with Shane Meadows's "Dead Man's Shoes."