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StudioCanal Hires Jed Benedict To Launch In-House Genre Label

StudioCanal said today that it has set plans to launch a new film and TV genre label led by Jed Benedict, who will rejoin the company to lead the brand.

Benedict will be based in the UK and report to EVP, of Global Production Ron Halpern. The company said he will be responsible for “ensuring StudioCanal’s editorial line in genre content as Head of StudioCanal new genre label.” He will also work with the StudioCanal French production team.

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The company has said the new label will “encompass film and TV series development, production, and distribution.”

“I am so delighted to return to StudioCanal, who have fully embraced the opportunity to create a destination for talented artists – established and new – with bold and daring visionary ambition,” Benedict said.

Benedict added that the new genre label will have the “freedom of working in the shadows where we believe the genre film experience can be the most visceral, collective, and cathartic of any type of cinema.”

“Our new label will focus on horror, thriller, sci-fi, and action where storytellers need not run from the darkness. Our goal is to be synonymous with films that dare to explore, that are fearless in their storytelling, which unlock the imagination with high concept narratives and above all else, give audiences one hell of a ride,” he said.

StudioCanal CEO Anna Marsh added: “We are thrilled that Jed Benedict is returning to StudioCanal to launch this label. His knowledge of content, his international network, and his expertise in acquisitions, development, and production make him the ideal profile to develop STUDIOCANAL’s genre content. This new label will increase our presence in the market which has many dedicated genre enthusiasts we want to cater for and it comes with high ambition to announce projects under Jed’s curation in the months ahead.”

Benedict previously held positions at Studiocanal from 2012 to 2020, including Senior Acquisitions Manager during which he worked on pics like Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, Celine Sciamma’s Girlhood, Yann DeMange’s ’71, Michael Showalter’s The Big Sick, Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game, Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here and Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester By The Sea.

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