Saban Films Makes Key Marketing and Finance Hires

Courtesy of Festival de Cannes
"The Homesman"

Haim Saban and Bill Bromiley's new movie venture is planning a major awards push this fall for Tommy Lee Jones' "The Homesman."

Haim Saban's new film venture, Saban Films, has brought aboard Jonathan Saba as vice president of marketing and Azniv Taschyan as vice president of finance.

The company launched in May at the Cannes Film Festival with the high-profile acquisition of Tommy Lee Jones' awards hopeful The Homesman, which also plays at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival (it's likely to get a coveted slot at the Telluride Film Festival as well). Saban Films, in partnership with Roadside Attractions, will launch the period Western drama in select theaters on Nov. 1. In addition to directing, Jones stars in the film opposite Meryl Streep and Hilary Swank.

Saba will oversee all aspects of theatrical and ancillary marketing for Saban Films, beginning with The Homesman. Taschyan will oversee all financial reporting and analysis functions.

“We are thrilled to be adding two esteemed film veterans to our executive team,” said Saban Films president Bill Bromiley. “Jonathan brings a wealth of creative experience from his previously held executive positions, while Azniv adds the industry knowledge necessary to run an effective and fiscally reliable distribution program. Both Jonathan and Azniv will advance Saban Films’ overall mission to acquire and release high quality feature films.”

Saba previously worked at Anchor Bay Films, Image Entertainment and the Criterion Collection.
Taschyan, a certified public accountant, began her career at Ernst & Young in Los Angeles, then joined DreamWorks before jumping to Paramount.