Coming off a successful Cannes Film Market, Hyde Park International has announced a new executive structure with the hiring of Eric Christenson as President, overseeing the international division for Chairman and CEO Ashok Amritraj's Los Angeles-based operation.
Christenson comes to Hyde Park International with extensive knowledge and experience in the international film marketplace, including worldwide sales and distribution, bank financing, production, and marketing. He was previously President of GK Films and Hollywood Studios International, and over his career has licensed films that represent more than 50 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture winners THE HURT LOCKER and THE DEPARTED.
"Hyde Park has a tradition as one of the top-level, global independent film companies with significant financial resources. I am honored to work with Ashok Amritraj as President of the International division," said Christenson. "I am looking forward to aggressively building our future slate of projects."
Current HPI Vice President John Short, along with Hyde Park's creative team of Marc Fiorentino, Mike Dougherty, company CFO Bob Lewis and Director of Business Affairs Allen Babakhanloo will work closely with Christenson on the company's extensive sales slate.
Amongst HPI's significant lineup at Cannes this year was the four-quadrant family adventure MIDNIGHT SUN, the UNTITLED Elmore Leonard PROJECT, starring Jennifer Aniston and Dennis Quaid, ADULT WORLD, starring Emma Roberts and John Cusack, and SUNLIGHT JR., starring Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon. All of the titles garnered multimillion dollar sales from a variety of major territories worldwide.
Hyde Park's recent releases include GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE 3D in partnership with Sony and starring Nic Cage, which has grossed over $140 million worldwide to date. Also indie favorites such as Richard Linklater's BERNIE starring Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey, and Shirley MacLaine, the award-winning BLUE VALENTINE starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, and the Paul Rudd comedy OUR IDIOT BROTHER.