by Mark Rabinowitz
Adam Rogers, formerly the Senior Vice President of U.S. distribution for Cinepix
Film Properties (now called Lion’s Gate Films), passed away late last week from
an apparent heart attack at the age of 36. Autopsy results are pending.
Late last year Rogers took a leave of absence from CFP and at the time of his
death was set to join Alliance as their Senior Vice-President and General Manager
of Alliance Releasing. Prior to joining CFP in late 1993, Rogers had his own
distribution consultation firm which had contracts with CFP and TriStar, among
others and before that, he worked as the Vice-President of Marketing at Miramax.
Rogers began his career in the independent film business in 1985 in Castle Hill
Films‘ theatrical sales division, moving to Miramax two years later. In 1991 he
started his consulting firm, joining CFP three years later. Among the films he
helped to distribute while at CFP were Greg Mottola’s “The Daytrippers,” Peter
Greenaway’s “The Pillow Book“, “Heavy“, “Sick” and “Love and Death and Long Island“.
Lions Gate Films and Dave Dinerstein of Fox Searchlight have organized a film
industry memorial meeting to remember Rogers, set to take place at the Angelika
theater on Houston Street in New York City this coming Friday, January 30th from
10:15-11:30 a.m. To attend, simply go to the theater Friday morning.
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