Robbie Little May 5, 2018 10:40:19 GMT -6
Post by The Ultimate Nullifier on May 5, 2018 10:40:19 GMT -6
Industry Sales & Production Vet Robbie Little Dies Unexpectedly En Route To Cannes
Industry veteran Robbie Little, co-president of The Little Film Company, has died unexpectedly en route to the Cannes Film Festival. Little passed away in London of a suspected heart attack, his colleagues and friends have confirmed to Deadline.
Little launched his well-known sales and marketing outfit with his wife Ellen, and executive produced the company’s first film, Tsotsi, which won the 2006 Oscar for Best Foreign Language film.
Previously, the well-traveled and well-liked exec established First Look Media to package finance and distribute movies in the domestic market. As President and Co-Chairman of First Look Media, he created First Look Home Entertainment, the company’s own video/DVD distribution division, which grew into a well known indie label.
Over the span of his career, he worked on movies including Waking Ned Devine, An American Haunting, Before Night Falls, Titus, Illuminata, The Prophecy film franchise, and Antonia’s Line (winner of the 1995 Oscar for Best Foreign Language film).
Born and raised in England, Little started in the film business while living in Rome, Italy, where he made the first major sale of a Bruce Lee film outside of the Far East to Titanus Distribution. He then later joined Titanus and eventually headed the company’s foreign sales division. In 1980, he and Ellen moved to Los Angeles and co-founded their first company, Overseas Filmgroup.
In Cannes, Little was due to sell Timothy Spall movie Mrs Lowry And Son and Jo Brand title The More You Ignore Me. A passionate Liverpool fan, his colleagues remarked that he was looking forward to cheering on his beloved team in the final of the Champions League later this month. Little is survived by his wife Ellen.