Just hours before the start of the Cannes Film Market, Millennium/Nu Image partner Danny Dimbort has left the company that he started with Avi Lerner and has joined forces with Red Granite Pictures. Dimbort is taking on the newly created role of President of Red Granite International, and has taken with him Christian Mercuri, who’ll be co-president, and Joe Gatta, who’ll be president of production. Relations between Dimbort and Avi Lerner, who have been business partners for more than 30 years, have been strained for a long time, with very public disagreements about the kinds of films that the company should be making and acquiring. Relations got even more strained when Dimbort was busted by the Producers Guild for giving a producing credit to his teenage granddaughter. Dimbort is considered one of the sharpest aces in the international film biz. In the past few years, Millennium has had a number of big international hits, including THE EXPENDABLES and a sequel to CONAN THE BARBARIAN.
Looking to expand its business operations in key growth areas, Red Granite Pictures, the Los Angeles based film production and finance company will be making its first foray into international sales with the creation of Red Granite International. For the current Cannes Film Market, both Dimbort and Mercuri will remain active in their current roles at Nu Image and then segue into Red Granite International, which will officially open its doors and commence sales operations this summer.