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Career Moves: Mike Sampson Goes to Alamo Drafthouse, HFPA Announces New Officers and More

Keep up with the revolving door that is the film industry with our weekly Career Moves column that tracks all the comings and goings of the industry leaders that make Hollywood tick.

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Keep up with the revolving door that is the film industry with our weekly Career Moves column that tracks all the comings and goings of the industry leaders that make Hollywood tick. Check out last week’s Career Moves to find out who went where, when and why.

EXCLUSIVE: Longtime film journalist Mike Sampson is making a big move into a (literally) new venue. Sampson has joined the Alamo Drafthouse’s New York City team as Senior Marketing and Promotions Manager. Along with New York Creative Manager and Programmer Cristina Cacioppo, Sampson will be a key member of the team guiding and executing the creative vision for the soon-to-open Downtown Brooklyn theater, as well as future NYC venues. Sampson is the founder and former Editor-in-Chief of ScreenCrush, and was previously the Editor-in-Chief of the popular movie fan site JoBlo.com. He is also a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association. “Mike is exactly what we were looking for in an addition to the NYC team, his deep industry experience and passion for film make him a perfect fit,” said Alamo CEO and Founder Tim League. “We really couldn’t have found a more ideal candidate, and I’m very pleased he’s on board to launch our new flagship location along with Cristina.”

– Lorenzo Soria was re-elected President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) for the 2016-2017 year at the organization’s annual election meeting. The rest of the organization’s officers include Vice President Meher Tatna, Treasurer Jorge Camara and Executive Secretary Serge Rakhlin, along with a board of directors that includes Luca Celada, Helen Hoehne, Anke Hofmann, Ruben Nepales and Yoram Kahana.

"Game of Thrones"

“Game of Thrones”

HBO

– HBO has promoted Francesca Orsi and David Levine to co-heads of drama series, overseeing all production and development for the network. Ors and Levine, who are both senior VPs, report to the newly installed president of programming, Casey Bloys. “Francesca and David have long histories at HBO,” Bloys said. “They understand the brand intimately and enjoy strong, respected relationships with the creative community. In this new structure, two talented executives are in a position to quickly green light HBO’s next great slate of drama series.” Orsi’s HBO credits include “Vinyl” and “Big Little Lies,” while Levine is currently overseeing “Game of Thrones” and Cinemax’s “The Knick.” The news was first reported by Variety.

– The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced Jane Lush as its new Chair, succeeding Anne Morrison. Lush has been Deputy Chair for the past year and her tenure as Chair will run for the next two years. Morrison will be Deputy Chair for one year. Of the appointment, Lush said, “It’s a huge honour to become Chair of BAFTA, succeeding Anne Morrison who has taken the Academy from strength to strength.  It’s exciting to build on all of those achievements, ensuring BAFTA stays ahead of the curve by continually enhancing our gold standard award ceremonies and attracting the brightest and the best to our membership, while expanding diversity across all our activity. I would also hope to extend our reach to younger up-and-coming talent through our excellent year-round programme of events. And I’m particularly looking forward to working with BAFTA’s brilliant staff.” Lush has been closely involved with BAFTA for 10 years and joined the Board of Trustees as Deputy Chair of the Television Committee in 2010.

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