Thursday, May 28, 2009

Comings and Goings - People and Companies

Trevor Groth continues as CineVegas as Artistic Director and Mike Plante has been named Director of Programming. After Groth's recent appointment as Sundance's Director of Programming there had been a question about his continuing involvement with CineVegas.

Michelle Byrd is leaving the top post of he Independent Feature Project at the end of the year. A successor is being sought through Time Warner’s Worldwide Recruitment & Executive Search.

Rose Einstein and 10 others have been let go from Hollywood Reporter.

Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley’s have been named Presidents of Fox Searchlight following the departure last March of Peter Rice. Gilula and Utley, who served as COOs since 2006, have signed new multi-year deals and report directly to Fox Filmed Entertainment chairmen Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos.

William Morris Independent’s heads Cassian Elwes and Rena Ronson have left the merged William Morris Endeavor (WME) Entertainment. Endeavor Independent head Graham Taylor will now run the independent film arm of William Morris Endeavor with Liesl Copland, Alexis Garcia and Mark Ankner reporting to him. Jerome Duboz is understood to be staying on as the only WMI representative with impeccable French language skills :).

European Film Promotion president of 12 years, Claudia Landsberger, has stepped down and the presidency has gone to Eva Vezer of Hungary. Its seven member board includes Christian Dorsch of Germany, Simon Perry of Ireland, Christian Juhl of Denmark, Jaana Puskala of Finland, Pilar Torre of Spain.

Jane Wright has been appointed as managing director of BBC Films and Christine Langan has been appointed to the role of creative director of the division.

Producers Michael Cowan and Jason Piette are launching a UK distribution and international film and TV sales company called Stealth Media Group. See Screen Daily for complete story.

Deborah Del Prete, 23 years with Odd Lot has left to launch Coronet Films which will have a multiyear first look deal with Odd Lot whose CEO is Gigi Pritzker.

Daniel Diamond has been named Morgan Creek's new head of international distribution and will begin June 2009. Morgan Creek earlier named ex-CAA agent Rick Nicita president in August 2008.

Economist Joe Barber has joined film executives Richard Wolff and Richard Ross have joined with Joe Barber to launch a new U.S. distribution company out of Philadelphia, Entertaining Pictures. Theatrical, other platforms and service deals will be their stock in trade. In November 2008 Wolff and Ross left TLA to start Rich Releasing.

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