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After Executive Producing the short film The Jump narrated by John Hurt, Battsek was appointed Director of International Marketing for Miramax Films UK, and was solely responsible for the UK distribution of Enchanted April and Hear My Song. In 1993, he met Tim Rose Price and started developing the screenplay of The Serpents Kiss that Tim had written the previous year. In 1994, John signed a production/development deal with Miramax Films and formed Rose Price Battsek (RPB) Productions Ltd. Following this, John produced The Serpent's Kiss with RPB Productions and Trinity Films. The film, starring Ewan MacGregor, Greta Scacchi, Richard E Grant and Pete Postlethwaite, was directed by Phillippe Rousselot and was selected for the Official Competition Section of the 1997 50th anniversary Cannes Film Festival. In August of 1997, John merged RPB Productions with leading animation company Passion Pictures, producing One Day In September with Arthur Cohn. In development for Passion Pictures is Blue Dot Seventeen, funded by Andrew Macdonald and Duncan Kenworthy's lottery franchise DNA Films and Altar Boys, a film set in 1970's London which is a co-production with Arthur Cohn. Battsek's next project with Tim Rose Price is Slate, an original screenplay by Tim Rose Price, to be produced by John and Tim Rose Price.