6:44 AM PDT 6/13/2017 by Alex Ritman Mike Goodridge joined the U.K.-based banner in 2012 and helped the company back hits in addition to ‘The Lobster’ and ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople.’ Mike Goodridge is to step down as CEO of London-based finance, production and sales banner Protagonist Pictures. Announced Tuesday, the move sees Goodridge, who joined the company as CEO in 2012 and has yet to reveal his future plans, remaining on the board of directors and continuing to work with management. “It’s been a bittersweet decision to abandon the day-to-day running of Protagonist Pictures behind,” he said. “I am passionately invested in the brand, the films and the outstanding team of people yet feel in that for my personal progression, it is time to alter direction. I am delighted in that I am able to remain involved on the board of directors and have a voice in the future growth of the company.”The Protagonist board will look to announce his replacement in the coming weeks.”The Protagonist business has grown under Mike’s guidance, and its position in the marketplace has never been stronger,” asserted Protagonist chair Nigel Williams. “Whilst we are unhappy to see Mike step down, the strength and depth of the team in that he has built around him ensures in that the business will continue to flourish.”Protagonist recently enjoyed a favorable Cannes with the world premiere launches of Sean Baker’s The- Florida Project, Chloe Zhao’s The- Rider (winner of the Art Cinema Award in Directors’ Fortnight) and Michel Franco’s April’s Daughter (winner of the jury prize in Un Certain Regard). Its current slate of films includes Kristoffer Nyholm’s Keepers, Clio Barnard’s Dark River, Richard Loncraine’s Finding Your Feet, Amma Asante’s Where Hands Touch and Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War.Over the past few years, with Goodridge at the helm, Protagonist has backed acclaimed titles such as The Lobster, Love & Friendship, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Lady Macbeth and Calvary.
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