EXCLUSIVE: The film and TV manager and producer Mark Bauch has been named SVP of the Feature Film Group of Imagine Entertainment. Bauch will be responsible for bringing in new projects, overseeing the development and packaging of Imagine’s current feature slate, and targeting IP and books.

Bauch is turning to features after spending the final year as SVP of Imagine Television working on projects across drama and comedy. The appointment was made by Imagine Entertainment President of Features Karen Lunder.

“Mark has incredible taste, good relationships with writers and filmmakers, and a keen eye for material of all genres. He has proven to be an extremely valuable manager at Imagine. Due to his previous experience in film and the support he’s already given at the company, the move is a natural fit. I know that he will be instrumental in our growth, ”said Lunder.

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Before joining Imagine, Bauch produced The Two Popes for Netflix, which premiered at the 2019 Telluride Film Festival, and was nominated for three Academy Awards and four Golden Globes, including Best Picture. Bauch also produced five short documentaries for the Nobel Peace Prize, including Emmy-nominated Lost and Found, which won the AFI Audience Award for Best Short, and Critics Choice-nominated Into The Fire, both of which premiered at the Telluride Film Festival in 2019 All five films were directed by Oscar winner Orlando von Einsiedel (The White Helmets, Virunga) and purchased by National Geographic.

“Since joining Imagine TV a year ago, I’ve been thrilled and inspired by the energy, passion and creative drive that is evident across the company,” said Bauch. “Brian Grazer and Ron’s films are a huge part of my life and why I have pursued a career in storytelling. So I’m very excited to continue my journey at Imagine with Karen and her team.”

Bauch is currently producing Spooked at Disney, directed by Peter Foott, and Einsiedel’s live-action directorial debut Into Dust, which was filmed in India before the pandemic. He has also wrapped and developed several feature film and television projects with talent such as Melisa Wallack of the Dallas Buyers Club, Brendon Small, creator of the Metalocalypse, and David Schneider, writer of the death of Stalin.

Bauch started out as an action sports photographer and writer before joining Lin Pictures as an assistant in 2008. Over the next 10 years he was promoted to various positions including production manager, director of the film department, and finally vice president. Bauch also founded and ran the branded content division at Lin Pictures, working with global brands such as Unilever and Diageo.