Following its launch at the Cannes Film Festival in May, Saban Films, an entertainment venture from Haim Saban‘s Saban Capital Group, has expanded its executive team with two new VP hires. The company announced Thursday that Azniv Taschyan has been hired as vice president of finance and Jonathan Saba as vice president of marketing.
Saba will oversee all aspects of theatrical and ancillary marketing for the entire Saban Films slate, and will also manage all third-party studio, producer and distribution relationships. Most recently, he oversaw the North American sales and marketing strategy during the launch launch of the Criterion Collection’s distribution division, and has previously worked for Anchor Bay Films and Image Entertainment.
Taschyan will oversee all financial reporting and analysis functions and work closely with key internal and external partners. She comes from Paramount Pictures Corporation, where she was the director of accounting. Prior to that, Taschyan worked for Ernst & Young LLP and Dreamworks LLC as Divisional Controller.
“We are thrilled to be adding two esteemed film veterans to our executive team,” said Saban president Bill Bromiley in a statement. “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.”
Saban Films was launched in May, when it picked up its first film, Tommy Lee Jones‘ “The Homesman,” at the Cannes Film Festival. The Western drama, which also stars Meryl Streep and Hilary Swank, will be released this fall. Saban plans to acquire 8-10 films a year and distribute them with a major studio distribution partner.