Protagonist Pictures Promotes Dave Bishop to CEO

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Both COO Dimitra Tsingou and head of worldwide sales Vanessa Saal have also seen their roles expanded at the U.K. banner.

Protagonist Pictures has promoted its head of worldwide acquisitions Dave Bishop to CEO, replacing Mike Goodridge who stepped down last month to become artistic director at the Macao International Film Festival. 

The announcement, made Tuesday by the U.K. banner's chairman Nigel Williams, comes as part of a major internal management restructuring. 

Dimitra Tsingou, currently COO, adds the title president of production to her job, while head of worldwide sales Vanessa Saal takes on the role of managing director, sales and distribution. 

Longstanding head of marketing Bridget Pedgrift rounds out the senior management team. A new head of worldwide acquisitions will be announced in the coming months. 

Earlier this year, Protaganist appointed production exec Len Rowles to the newly created post of head of development, reporting to Tsingou. 

“Dave's promotion and the expanded roles for Dimitra and Vanessa are testimony to the talent we have in the business and a firm endorsement of their ability to lead the company to further success,” said Williams. 

Goodridge added. “I couldn’t be happier with the new structure at Protagonist. This is a team of seasoned executives with ambitions to take the company to a new level of success. I am thrilled that Dave Bishop will steer the team as CEO.”

This year has seen Protagonist add three films — The Florida Project, The Rider and April's Daughter — to the Cannes lineup. Among its major deals, Amma Asante's WWII drama Where Hands Touch was picked up by Sony, Francis Lee’s Sundance Special Jury Award-winning feature God’s Own Country sold U.S. rights to Samuel Goldwyn Films, and Dome Karukoski’s Tom of Finland sold to key territories including Kino Lorber in North America.

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