New executives include Svetlana Metkina, Dominic Buchanan, Lisa Zambri, and Jon Oakes


LOS ANGELES, CA – February 10, 2015 – Fresh off Bold Films’ critical and commercial successes with WHIPLASH and NIGHTCRAWLER, CEO Gary Michael Walters announced today the opening of the company’s London office and the appointment of its UK executives Svetlana Metkina, Managing Director and Dominic Buchanan, Vice President, Production & Development. 


Bold Films also expands its senior creative team in Los Angeles with the hiring of Lisa Zambri, Senior Vice President, Production and Development and Jon Oakes, Senior Vice President, Production and Development.


“We are tremendously excited to open our offices in London,” said Walters.  “A consistent presence in the UK and Europe will allow us to access a whole new group of exciting talent in the UK and Europe and help establish key strategic relationships with the major European distributors in film and television.  Svetlana and Dominic’s passion, aggressiveness and talent will be crucial to expanding Bold Films’ slate to hit our 4-6 films per annum target.”


Matthew Rhodes, President, Motion Pictures added "Lisa and Jon both have impeccable taste and relationships.  They will blanket the town to uncover the best projects, and work hand in hand with our directors, producers and writers throughout the development and production process to shape each film into its best version."


Svetlana Metkina has been consulting creatively on Bold Films’ slate for several years.  Dominic Buchanan was most recently Head of Film & Original Content of Stink Films and producer of LILTING, starring Ben Whishaw.  The film was nominated for a BAFTA for Outstanding Debut.  Lisa Zambri was President of Vinson Films where she was the Executive Producer on the upcoming ELOISE.  Before that, she ran New Line Cinema-based Contrafilm which produced films including THE JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH, RED DAWN and CHOKE.  Jon Oakes rejoins Bold Films from Mad Chance where he was a VP.  Previously, at Bold Films he was Co-Producer on DRIVE, brought in NIGHTCRAWLER, and oversaw the adaptation of LEGION into the television series “Dominion.” 



About Bold Films

Bold Films is an independent production and film finance company dedicated to providing an artistic haven for filmmakers.  Bold Films’ mission is to produce talent-driven, studio-quality films, which have worldwide commercial appeal.


In 2014, Bold Films produced NIGHTCRAWLER, written and directed by Dan Gilroy, which was released by Open Road.   The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo and Bill Paxton.  NIGHTCRAWLER premiered at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival and has been heralded with nominations from The Academy Awards, The Golden Globes, the Independent Spirit Award, PGA Awards, SAG Awards and WGA awards.  Bold Films also produced and financed WHIPLASH, from emerging writer-director Damien Chazelle starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons (Golden Globe winner).  The film has been nominated for Five Academy Awards including Best Picture.  Other nominations include The Independent Spirit Awards, PGA Awards, SAG Awards, and WGA Awards. 


Bold Films’ upcoming releases for 2015 include THE COUP, starring Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan and Lake Bell which will be released by The Weinstein Company.  The action thriller was written by John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle and directed by John Erick Dowdle.  Additionally, Warner Bros. will release LOST RIVER, Bold Film’s third collaboration with Ryan Gosling, which marks his debut as a writer and director.  The film stars Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan and Eva Mendes.


In television, Bold Films is about to begin production on the 2nd season of the hit series “Dominion” which airs on SyFy.