Eighteen months after abruptly departing Apparition, Bob and Jeanne Berney are abruptly leaving FilmDistrict, the GK-partnered company that was launched 13 or 14 months ago. The stated reason is that the company wants to abandon its New York City offices and move the whole kit ‘n’ kaboodle to Los Angeles, and the Berneys are hardcore New Yorkers and don’t want to relocate.
According to math provided by Deadline‘s Mike Fleming, the company has generated about $163 million in revenues from five Film District releases — Insidious, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, Soul Surfer, Drive and Rum Diary. I don’t know what FD’s cut of this amount boils down to, but it sounds like they had a fairly decent year. But it apparently wasn’t enough because the basic idea behind any consolidation is to cut costs.
The Berneys will keep the New York office running for another months, or roughly until 3.1.12, largely to attend to the release of Angelina Jolie‘s In The Land Of Blood and Honey.