WestEnd Films is a dynamic London-based international sales and feature film financing company, co-founded by Eve Schoukroun, Maya Amsellem and renowned producer and Capitol Films founder Sharon Harel-Cohen. WestEnd launched at Cannes 2008 and offers filmmakers finance, production and sales expertise as well as an extensive network of contacts across all sectors of the industry.
WestEnd continues to build a highly selective slate including the talents of directors Ralph Fiennes, Neil Jordan, Stephen Frears, Hideo Nakata and Rodrigo Garcia and A-list cast including Ralph Fiennes, Kristin Scott Thomas, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Kruger, Emile Hirsch, Kathy Bates, Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Arterton, Sam Riley, Glenn Close, Mia Wasikowska, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener and Christopher Walken. A library of prestige films from legendary director Woody Allen complements a steadily growing line-up of quality films.
Eve Schoukroun graduated with a BA in International Relations and Communication from the Sorbonne University (Paris, France) and a Masters in Film and TV Production from Emerson College (Boston, MA).
She began her career with Los Angeles based Talent Agency, Endeavor and moved back to Europe to further her career in international sales at Renaissance Films (Kenneth Branagh’s former production company).
She joined Capitol Films in 2000 to ultimately become Head of International Sales. Whilst there, she worked on films directed by renowned international directors such as Woody Allen, Robert Altman, and David Cronenberg, Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope slate of projects in 2001 which featured Box office sensation Jeepers Creepers.
Eve then became Head of International for US based distributor ThinkFilm/Capitol where she handled Sidney Lumet's BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU'RE DEAD in 2007, the Oscar nominated WAR DANCE, Alex de la Iglesia’s OXFORD MURDERS, as well as Italian sensation MY BROTHER IS AN ONLY CHILD. She left Capitol in 2007 to start WestEnd Films with partners Sharon Harel and Maya Amsellem in 2008.
Maya Amsellem graduated from the Law University of Nice in 1995 and was called to the Israeli bar in 1996, later qualifying as a solicitor in England.
Maya practiced five years as a corporate lawyer in a well-established law firm in Israel, specializing in general commercial law including banking and corporate law, contract law, tort law, labor law, land law and litigation in these areas.
In 2000 Maya moved to London, joining Capitol Films as a lawyer and shortly thereafter was appointed head of Legal and Business affairs working on the financing of such films as Robert Altman’s The Company, David Cronenberg’s Spider, Robert Town’s Ask the Dust.
Sharon Harel has been involved in producing and financing more than 50 films, personally and through Capitol Films, the company she co-founded in 1989 and sold in 2006.
She is executive producer of many films including; Robert Altman’s Gosford Park and The Company, David Cronenberg’s Spider, Roman Polanski’s Death & The Maiden, Sylvia starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Dancing at Lughnasa, starring Meryl Streep, Lucky number Slevin, starring Bruce Willis and Josh Hartnett, Bruce Beresford's A Good Man in Africa, Merchant Ivory’s A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries, Stephen Frears’ Tamara Drewe, Oscar-Nominated Albert Nobbs, Ralph Fiennes' The Invisible Woman and Neil Jordan's Byzantium.
In 2008, Sharon launched WestEnd Films in partnership with Eve Schoukroun and Maya Amsellem. WestEnd continues to gather a prestigious slate of feature films including much-anticipated The Invisible Woman, Fiennes’ sophomore turn as director, Byzantium, Albert Nobbs, Oscar-nominated Footnote and critically acclaimed Mother and Child.
Sharon started her career as a producer with the award-winning Israeli classic Halahaka, which she co-wrote. After producing other Israeli feature films, including Dizengoff 99, she produced two films for Tri- Star pictures: Every Time You Say Good Bye starring Tom Hanks, and Iron Eagle II, starring Louis Gossett Jr.
Sharon was awarded the Olswang Business Award by the Carlton Women in Film & Television in 2002. She is a graduate in Chinese Studies and Western Philosophy from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She is married to Sir Ronald Cohen and they have a daughter and a son.