U.K. Industry Veteran Colin Brown to Chair Iron Box Films

The fledgling movie production banner has set up a $2.4 million development fund and has its debut effort, "Betsy & Leonard," playing on the international film festival circuit.

LONDON – Former British film commissioner and digital effects house Cinesite chief Colin Brown has signed on to be chairman of fledgling U.K. production banner Iron Box Films.

Brown, an industry veteran of more than 20 years with a large black book of media contacts in the U.K., the U.S. and internationally, will bring his experience to the company as it aims to grow its feature output.

After starting out as a TV commercials, corporate productions and music videos banner, Iron Box is setting out its stall as a movie development and production company.

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To fuel its ambitions, it has secured a $2.4 million (£1.5 million) investment for a development fund from private sources and plans a slate of between seven and 10 projects from Europe and the U.S.

Initially set up by filmmaker Bernhard Pucher, Iron Box Films is headed by Raimund Berens, who joined in 2010 and is now CEO.

The banner's feature Betsy & Leonard is currently on the film festival circuit and won best original screenplay at the Madrid International Film Festival.

The microbudget picture, filmed in the British capital, details the story of a DJ placed under house arrest who is forced to live with his ex-girlfriend while trying to sort his life out.

Two further feature projects are currently in preproduction.

Brown, who also ran the Molinare group, was instrumental in building Cinesite into a world-leading brand in visual effects for feature films has been advising Iron Box since August 2011.

Said Brown: "[Iron Box] have surrounded themselves with
new young writers and directors with exciting new high-concept projects, and they have raised funding and pulled together an experienced and dynamic senior team."

Mark Sandell has also joined the board of Iron Box Films to advise on distribution and finance.

Mark was one of the founding partners of distributor Trinity Filmed Entertainment, which has movies such as Beautiful Lies, Beaufort, Incendies and Enter the Void.

Pucher will be responsible for the creative development of Iron Box Films' slate of feature films and for maintaining creative integrity during production and postproduction.

Iron Box will now focus solely on the development and production of feature films and television projects.

The company's corporate and commercials work will be produced by its sister company, Element 26, run by Nathan Haines.