Seghatchian to head U.K. film fund


LONDON -- U.K. producer Tanya Seghatchian, whose resume include co-producer credits on the first two "Harry Potter" movies, was named head of the U.K. Film Council's development fund Friday.

Seghatchian, who takes up the post April 1, replaces Jenny Borgars, who has headed the £4 million ($7.8 million) lottery fund since 2000.

The fund supports single-project script development, six slate- development companies and a number of script initiatives.

Seghatchian is known as a development consultant who worked with screenwriter Steve Kloves and producer David Heyman of Heyday Films in developing films from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels.

After parting with Heyday, Seghatchian set up indie production banner Apocalypso Pictures with filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski and produced the award-winning "My Summer of Love."

Most recently, she executive produced French filmmaker Francois Ozon's first English-language film, "Angel," which unspooled In Competition at the Berlin International Film Festival last month.