Began his career in the film industry in 1977 as a journalist with the trade paper Screen International. In 1984, he left journalism to run the UK’s National Film Development Fund, and act as consultant to parent body British Screen Finance.
In 1987, he oversaw UK development for Columbia Pictures during David Puttnam’s tenure at the studio, subsequently becoming head of development for Puttnam’s own production company, Enigma, where he worked on movies including Memphis Belle.
He made his debut as a producer in 1992 with the Emmy-winning TV film A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia, starring Ralph Fiennes.
After co-producing Michael Radford’s B.Monkey, Vaines supervised production and development for UK lottery franchise The Film Consortium from 1997 to 1999, overseeing movies including Hideous Kinky, starring Kate Winslet.
He was appointed executive vice-president, development for New York-based Miramax Films in 1999. Most recently, he was co-executive producer of Martin Scorsese’s Gangs Of New York. In October 2002, he took up his new appointment as executive vice-president, European production and development for Miramax, working out of the company’s London office.
|2003 Jury Member|