Embankment Films hires key HanWay Films exec (exclusive)

14 Jul Embankment Films hires key HanWay Films exec (exclusive)

UK sales agent Embankment Films has appointed HanWay Films’ Mark Lane as its new head of worldwide sales and distribution, taking over from Calum Gray.

Lane has joined after 13 years at UK sales agent HanWay Films, where he was director of sales.

Gray is leaving Embankment to start his own film industry business venture.

In May of this year, Embankment joined forces with Kevin Loader’s London-based production outfit Free Range Films to create a new umbrella company, Free Range Entertainment.

Lane said: “It’s so refreshing that 2.5 years of Covid has not applied the brakes to Embankment’s production schedule – moreover the company has successfully pushed hard on the accelerator, and is at the forefront of converting high-quality emotive storytelling [into] movies and feature documentaries. I’m excited to join the multi-disciplined Embankment team in preparation for an invigorating autumn festival period.”

“Mark is a highly experienced and energetic executive with whom I had the pleasure to first work some years ago,” said co-founder of Embankment Films, and former HanWay Films CEO, Tim Haslam. “Most recently we joined forces with producer Kevin Loader, and now Mark compliments Embankment’s evolution as a content conversion platform encompassing production, global sales, and distribution.

”I’m also excited for our dear friend, Calum Gray, who leaves us to start a new business in the coming months. Embankment is most blessed to have enjoyed Calum’s personality and contribution over the last five years.”

Embankment’s co-founding partner Hugo Grumbar added: “Mark’s industry experience is well drawn from his work for Jeremy Thomas’ Hanway Films and his central role in sales and distribution, as well as running its sister label [HanWay Select], specialising in discovering talented first-time filmmakers and placing feature documentaries into global distribution.”

Embankment’s slate includes Thaddeus O’Sullivan’s The Miracle Club, James Napier Robertson’s Joika, Lone Scherfig’s The Movie Teller, Guy Nattiv’s Golda, Florian Zeller’s The Son and Frances O’Connor’s Emily.