Team

We're a highly enthusiastic and dedicated team of film lovers with over 45 years' experience between us. Our founding principle lies in a close, passionate and collaborative approach with our filmmaking partners…

Sara May
Acquisitions, Co-productions and European Sales

Sara divides her time between Paris, Los Angeles and London. Most recently from 2003 to 2011 Sara served as EVP Acquisitions and Co-Productions at french broadcaster TF1, where she acquired more than 60 titles for distribution in France as well as sourcing, developing and packaging feature film projects for the international sales division. After earning a degree in Commerce and Finance at McGill University in Montreal, Sara relocated to Paris to work as Program Supervisor for English Language TV Series for the french broadcaster M6. In 2001 Sara was appointed Head of Acquisitions for Luc Besson's nascent studio Europacorp where Sara started her career in feature film acquisitions.

Hugo Grumbar
Partner

Hugo's international marketing skills were honed at Intermedia and Capitol Films before joining Icon in 2004, where most recently he held the position of joint MD at Icon UK Group. Previously as President of Icon UK Distribution, Grumbar was responsible for the acquisition and distribution of some of Icon’s most successful titles including Man on Wire, Paranormal Activity, The Road, Precious, A Single Man, Transporter 3 and Buried. He was also integral to the marketing and distribution of a diverse slate including Match Point, Apocalypto, Bridge to Terabithia, 30 Days of Night, Once and The Passion of the Christ amongst others.

Sharon Lee
Licensing and Marketing Executive

Sharon began her career as an international publicist at DDA Consulting, where she worked on titles including Killer Elite, Marley, What Maisie Knew and Chinese Zodiac. Fluent in English, Cantonese, Mandarin, French and Italian, Sharon has also worked at various international film festivals, as well as completing internships at Optimum Releasing and Metropolitan Filmexport. She has also previously worked as European Awards Campaign Coordinator for The Weinstein Company on The Reader and Vicky Cristina Barcelona in 2008.

Max Pirkis
Acquisitions and Marketing Executive

Prior to joining Embankment in early 2013, Max served as a Development executive at production company Fourth Culture Films and its sister EIS fund. Previously Max worked for The BBC and Pari Passu Films and completed internships with Working Title, CBS and Studio Canal. He was previously an actor in Peter Weir’s Master & Commander, The Quiet Ones and TV series Rome. After graduating from Cambridge University Max began his career at leading commercials productions company Gorgeous Enterprises, working on shoots for Barclaycard, Sainsbury's, T-Mobile and Yell.com, and on features The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and Dark Shadows.

Tim Haslam
Partner

Tim is one of the UK’s most experienced sales executives pre-selling over 150 theatrical films and amalgamated libraries of over 800 titles. His 20 year career encompasses three highly successful companies: Hanway (CEO), Intermedia (founding shareholder) and Majestic (Sales Director). His diverse range of quality films is extensive; most recently Shame, Seven Psychopaths, Great Expectations, Quartet, Nowhere Boy, Made In Dagenham and You’re Next. Previously, 7 Woody Allen films, Sliding Doors, The Wedding Planner, The Quiet American, Resident Evil, The Piano, Driving Miss Daisy, Damage and Dances with Wolves amongst others.

Maite Villarino
Licensing and Marketing Executive

Maite most recently worked for Icon Entertainment International in the Sales & Marketing department where she worked on titles including How I Spent My Summer Vacation, Project Nim, The Tempest and Coriolanus. Fluent in Spanish, Catalan and English, Maite previously worked for Momentum Pictures marketing Let the Right One In, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Man Who Stare at Goats. She has also collaborated in several international film festivals including Sitges.