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Danny Goldman tipped to join Miramax after departure from Power

Hollywood producer and distributor Miramax is expected to announce shortly that it has hired Danny Goldman, the executive who left the position as CEO of Power earlier this week, TBIvision understands.

He was en-route to the US earlier this week and an announcement about his new role had been expected to coincide with the one issued by Power about his departure. There is still no official word on the Miramax role, but industry sources confirmed to TBIvision that he is expected to join the US company.

Prior to Power, Goldman was senior VP of distribution at Sony Pictures Television, based in its London office.

Having been bought by investment firm Filmyard for US$663 million last year, Miramax is upping its profile in the TV business and will have a stand at MIPCOM for the first time ever this year. Its CEO, Mike Lang, will be giving a keynote address at the market in Cannes.

It has already staffed up its distribution division and Joe Patrick, who joined the company from MGM earlier this year, will play a key role in the sales effort at MIPCOM. It has also brought in Eric Doctorow to head up digital distribution.

Miramax’s focus is distributing movies from its 700-title catalogue, which has titles including Pulp Fiction, Shakespeare In Love, Chicago, Good Will Hunting, The English Patient and No Country for Old Men. It has a trio of new titles for 2011: The Debt, starring Helen Mirren, the Guillermo del Toro-produced Don’t be Afraid of the Dark and Last Night, starring Keira Knightley.

Goldman’s departure from Power this week was a surprise, just six months after he had joined the TV movies and miniseries specialist as CEO. His departure was described as ‘amicable’ although his next move was not announced.

US-based Miramax could not be reached for comment as TBIvision went to press. Power refused to comment on its ex-CEO’s next move. It appointed former head of business affairs, Susan Waddell, interim CEO and she will head the company through MIPCOM.