Deutchman leaves his gig as Director of Acquisitions at Paramount Home Media Distribution, which imported him in July 2013 from New York’s VOD-oriented IFC Films to join their revamped homevideo division under Senior Marketing and Acquisitions VP Syrinthia Studer. Deutchman is to the independent film industry born: his father is Columbia University film professor and Emerging Cinema partner Ira Deutchman.
“I’m proud to welcome Jeff to our team,” said Bill Lee, CEO of Millennium Entertainment. “His vast knowledge of film and his understanding of multi-platform strategies will be a huge asset to the organization as we continue to evolve and grow.”
While at Paramount, Deutchman acquired indie films for the distributor’s home entertainment slate, including Richard Linklater’s "Boyhood," William H. Macy’s "Rudderless," Joe Swanberg’s "Happy Christmas" and Andrew Rossi’s "Ivory Tower." He also oversaw custom release strategies in the creative windowing space.
At IFC Deutchman played a key role in acquiring Abdellatif Kechiche’s "Blue is the Warmest Color," Werner Herzog’s "Cave of Forgotten Dreams," Mike Birbiglia’s "Sleepwalk with Me," Andrew Haigh’s "Weekend" and Tom Six’s "The Human Centipede."
In August the management team of Millennium Entertainment led by Lee and private investment firm Virgo Investment Group LLC partnered to acquire the Millennium Entertainment catalog assets and film distribution platform from a consortium of investors. As a part of the transaction, Millennium Entertainment will undergo a name change in the coming months.
Millennium Entertainment’s most recent release is Brad Anderson’s "Stonehearst Asylum" starring Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, Ben Kingsley and Michael Caine. Up next is Michael Radford’s romantic comedy "Elsa & Fred," starring Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer.