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PR Changes: Julie Fontaine Goes to Lionsgate to Replace Sarah Greenberg, Now at Weinstein Co.

PR Changes: Julie Fontaine Goes to Lionsgate to Replace Sarah Greenberg, Now at Weinstein Co.

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As the indie world keeps turning, more execs keep moving. Following the exit of long-time Lionsgate publicity chief Sarah Greenberg Roberts, who went to work for Harvey Weinstein in New York where her husband is based, Julie Fontaine is taking her place, reporting to Lionsgate marketing president Tim Palen. The PR veteran Fontaine had handled publicity for Miramax’s Daniel Battsek, then moved over to big Disney, where she worked on Miramax leftover The Tempest as well as Oscar campaigns for Tron: Legacy, Secretariat and Toy Story 3. She also took on campaigns for upcoming DreamWorks pictures.

Film News Briefs looks at the raft of new senior execs at The Weinstein Co.:

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The Weinstein Company announced that Erik Lomis has joined the company as president of theatrical distribution and home entertainment. In his new position, Lomis will oversee the theatrical distribution slate for TWC and Dimension Films. Lomis joins other execs brought in by Co-Chairmen Harvey and Bob Weinstein and their COO David Glasser. The new executive team includes Academy Award-winning producer Donna Gigliotti as president of production; Miramax production veteran Meryl Poster as president of television; Sarah Greenberg Roberts as president of publicity; and Peter Lawson, who re-upped as executive vice president, acquisitions & co-productions.

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Mandy Gama

The people at Disney were happy to see Fontaine leave. She is not a "team" player, and will do anything to promoter herself even taking credit for the work of others. Those who have to work with her need to beware of this. Those who supervise her need to watch her. Because of her Disney lost some quality staff. Of course the studios who were able to hire those that left are grateful.


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