More Indie Shrinkage: Film Dept Teams Up With Weinstein

Steve Bickel exits Mark Gill’s company, his role will go to TWC

Consolidation is the name of the game everywhere in the movie business these days.

Mark Gill’s independent film company, The Film Department, has decided to hand international sales duties to The Weinstein Company after Steve Bickel, who was president of international, exited the company this week, the company confirmed.

The relationships between the parties are old and storied.

Gill, of course, spent eight years of his career with the Weinstein brothers running marketing and eventually its West Coast branch, although it was a tortured relationship that ended abruptly and with bitter feelings in 2002.

Apparently that coda has been put behind both parties. Now Weinstein’s David Glasser will take charge of international. Glasser once ran international at Yari Film Group, where he worked with Gill’s partner, Neil Sacker.

Gill founded The Film Department with Sacker in 2007, after having founded and run Warner Independent Pictures, which was shut down by Warner Brothers as an indie arm that didn’t make the kind of profits that suited the major studio.

The Film Department also announced that Kristen Figeroid, vice president of international, and Inc Pagluica of international business affairs would remain in their current positions.