Daniel Battsek to take over as National Geographic Films Head!

MUMBAI: Two months after leaving Miramax, Daniel Battsek is preparing to take over as president of National Geographic Films as the current president takes over a producer‘s role, it is reported.

The news follows Battsek‘s resignation from his post as president of Disney-owned Miramax Films last November.

In a statement National Geographic Entertainment president David Beal said, "After six incredible years of setting the strategic course for National Geographic Films, Adam Leipzig‘s relationship transitions to executive producer of two in-process National Geographic Entertainment projects, Peter Weir‘s The Way Back and the mini-series Undaunted Courage with HBO."

Leipzig will remain continue in his post until mid-March. During his six-year tenure as president Leipzig presided over a quality slate, most notably the 2006 Oscar winning documentary and box-office hit The March Of The Penguins.

He was also instrumental in closing a $100m film fund with Imagenation Abu Dhabi to develop, produce, finance and acquire 10 to 15 films in five years.

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