LOS ANGELES, CA (MAY 11, 2015) – Miramax announced today that independent producer David Thwaites has joined the company in the newly-created position of Vice President, Film, effectively immediately. Reporting to Zanne Devine, Executive Vice President of Film & TV, Thwaites will head Miramax’s burgeoning film production and development activities, as the studio continues its push into all new content areas, including film, television, acquisitions and co-productions.


“I’m thrilled to be joining the fantastic team at Miramax,” Thwaites said. “I can’t wait to begin working on Miramax’s rich and diverse development slate, and I look forward to bringing in new projects for all of us to dive into.”


Added Devine, “We are very excited to boost our growing production and development activities with an industry executive of David’s caliber. David has great network reach, creative intuition and production savvy.”


Thwaites most recently produced CROUCHING TIGER II: THE GREEN DESTINY. He also served as co-president of production at Phoenix Pictures, where he led the development of many projects, nurturing relationships with writers, directors and actors. During his tenure at Phoenix he produced and executive produced films such as Academy Award-nominated BLACK SWAN, WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING, SHANGHAI, LICENSE TO WED, MISS POTTER and ALL THE KING’S MEN.


Thwaites received his BA from the University of London, and is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television.


Up next for Miramax is MR. HOLMES directed by Academy Award® winner Bill Condon and starring Academy Award® nominees Ian McKellen and Laura Linney, which Miramax will release domestically with Roadside Attractions on July 17, 2015. THE 9th LIFE OF LOUIS DRAX with Jamie Dornan (50 SHADES OF GREY), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) and Sarah Gadon (DRACULA UNTOLD) is also in the release pipeline.


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Miramax is a global film and television studio best known for its highly acclaimed, original content. The studio’s new projects include both film and TV, among them the Kevin Hart comedy The Wedding Ringer, which Miramax released in January 2015 together with Sony’s Screen Gems; Mr. Holmes, directed by Academy Award® winner Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, Kinsey) and starring Academy Award® nominees Sir Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings film franchise, X-Men film franchise) and Laura Linney (Kinsey, You Can Count on Me,The Savages), which Miramax will release in the U.S. on July 17, 2015 with Roadside Attractions; and The 9th Life of Louis Drax, currently in post-production, and starring Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey, The Fall”), Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad,” Need for Speed, Triple Nine) and Sarah Gadon (Dracula Untold, The Amazing Spider-Man 2). Building on its unparalleled library of characters and groundbreaking storylines, Miramax is also currently developing new television series alongside industry luminaries, with projects that include Robert Rodriguez’s From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series,” now heading into its second season.


Collectively, the library of more than 700 motion pictures has received 282 Academy Award® nominations and 68 Oscars® with four Best Picture awards, and includes such celebrated independent films as Pulp Fiction, No Country for Old Men and City Of God – as well as scores of commercial hits such as Chicago, Good Will Hunting and Bridget Jones’s Diary.


Since the purchase of Miramax in 2010 by Qatar Holding, together with the investor group led by Miramax Chairman Thomas J. Barrack, Jr.’s Colony Capital, the studio’s world-class global distribution team has successfully brought this renowned collection to existing and emerging platforms in nearly every country in the world. “Oscar®” and “Academy Award®” are the registered trademarks and service marks of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.