Daniel Battsek to head Film4

Former Cohen Media Group president takes top job.

by Anne-Katrin Titze

Daniel Battsek with Catherine Deneuve, Charles S Cohen and Clo Cohen
Daniel Battsek with Catherine Deneuve, Charles S Cohen and Clo Cohen Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Cohen Media Group president Daniel Battsek will leave his current role to become the director of Film4. He will replace David Kosse, who is joining STX Entertainment. Disney brought Battsek to the US in 2005 to run Miramax when Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein left the company.

Les Cowboys director Thomas Bidegain
Les Cowboys director Thomas Bidegain Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Cohen Media's latest releases are Benoît Jacquot's penetrating Diary Of A Chambermaid starring Léa Seydoux with Vincent Lindon and Thomas Bidegain's soul searching Les Cowboys starring François Damiens, Finnegan Oldfield and John C Reilly.

Bidegain co-wrote Jacques Audiard's Dheepan, A Prophet, and Rust And Bone. He won the Michel d'Ornano Award at the Deauville American Film Festival for his directorial debut Les Cowboys following its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival last year.

After three years at Cohen Media, Battsek will return to London next month to begin work on Film4's upcoming projects. Charles S Cohen is the Chairman and CEO of Cohen Media Group.

Coming up - A conversation with Thomas Bidegain on Les Cowboys.

Diary Of A Chambermaid is in theatres in the US.

Les Cowboys opens on June 24 in the US and on June 26 in the UK.

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