Rogers, BEG clock in at Omega


Omega Entertainment has made a pair of moves designed to transform it into a global financing, production and sales entity. Peter Rogers has been named president, and the company has entered into a two-year, first-look financing deal with Howard and Karen Baldwin's Baldwin Entertainment Group banner.

Switzerland-based Omega, which had been financing small- to midsize pictures and selling pan-European rights, is seeking to become a "European-based independent powerhouse," founder Markus Barmettler said.

It plans to make and release as many as 10 films a year, with budgets ranging from $10 million-$60 million.

Rogers, who will be headquartered in a new London office overseeing all international operations, was president of Lakeshore International.

Omega and BEG are in the midst of putting together a slate that includes "Mandrake," a contemporary action-adventure based on the classic comic "Mandrake the Magician," which Chuck Russell will direct; "Luna," a biopic of eco-warrior Julia Butterfly Hill, to be directed by Deepa Mehta; "1:30 Train," a love story that Joel Schumacher is in talks to direct; and the romantic comedy "Indiscretion," which Peter Cattaneo will direct.

Rogers and Omega co-founder and executive vp Solvej Malis will unveil the Baldwin slate at the Festival de Cannes in May.

Omega was formed last year by Enrique Steiger, Markus Barmettler and Malis.

The agreement between Omega and the Baldwins, whose credits include "Ray" and "Sahara," was brokered by Arsenal's John Ptak.

Russell, who most recently directed 2002's "The Scorpion King," is repped by Paradigm.

Mehta, repped by ICM and Echo Lake, directed the internationally acclaimed romantic drama "Water."

Schumacher most recently helmed "The Number 23." He is repped by CAA.

UTA-repped Cattaneo is best known for "The Full Monty."