Keep up with the revolving door that is the entertainment industry with our weekly Career Moves column that tracks all the comings and goings of the industry leaders that make Hollywood tick. Check out our last edition of Career Moves to find out who went where, when and why.
– Lisa Bunnell is moving from Landmark — where she served as VP and head film buyer — to Focus Features, where she will come on board as their new president of distribution. Bunnell is replacing previous distribution president Jim Orr, who is now heading to Universal to become their EVP and general sales manager. In an “only in Hollywood!” twist, Orr’s new job is the same that Bunnell’s own husband, Steve Bunnell, held at Universal until he left the company in April to join Regal Entertainment Group as SVP, chief content and programming officer. You got all that?
Bunnell was at Landmark for over a decade, and before that, she worked for Loews Cineplex Entertainment for nearly 20 years. Her new gig at Focus will be her first venture into studio distribution. She starts on Monday, October 10. Landmark has upped their own Mabel Tam to Bunnell’s old gig; Tam has been with the company for 15 years. Orr was previously the president of distribution for FilmDistrict and joined Focus in 2013. Prior to that, he held positions at MGM and Paramount. The news was first reported by Deadline.
– The Weinstein Company has announced that they are promoting David Hutkin to their chief financial officer post. The announcement was made by TWC Co-Chairmen Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein and COO and President David Glasser. His new position is effective immediately. Hutkin has been with the company since 2010 as an EVP of strategic initiatives, investments and banking. He will oversee all operations in the company’s finance division. He will report directly to co-chairmen Harvey and Bob Weinstein in addition to TWC President and COO, David Glasser. Hutkin will operate out of the company’s LA office.
– Participant Media has named Andy Kim its own chief financial officer. Participant CEO David Linde, to whom Kim will report, made the announcement. Kim will relocate from New York to Los Angeles and has already begun work as of this posting. Kim will replace long-time veteran CFO Bob Murphy, who spent nine years at the company and will assist Kim transition into the role. Kim comes to Participant from The Weinstein Company, where he has worked since 2005, and served as CFO since 2010. Prior to his tenure at TWC, Kim was SVP of finance at Miramax Films.
As CFO, Kim will be responsible for overseeing all of the financial activities at the company including accounting, finance, information technology and real estate. He will play a major role in driving results for all key business areas including film, digital and social impact. Kim will also be a key contributor to shaping and implementing strategic initiatives.
– Former Broad Green Pictures head of distribution Travis Reid has joined RealD as the company’s chief operating officer, where he will oversee all operations. He was previously CEO of Screenvision, CEO of Digital Cinema Implementation Partners (DCIP) and CEO of Loews Cineplex Entertainment. Reid will report to RealD’s CEO Michael V. Lewis and will be based out of the company’s Beverly Hills’ offices. The news was first reported by Deadline.
– A+E Networks has promoted Paul Buccieri from executive in charge of A&E and History to president of both the A+E Networks portfolio and A+E Studios. He’ll now oversee all business aspects of A&E, History, Lifetime, FYI and LMN. The news was first reported by THR.
– Breaking Glass Pictures has officially appointed Scott A. Motisko as the company’s new director of in-house marketing and public relations, effective immediately. Motisko is a seasoned veteran of Breaking Glass, having joined the company during his undergraduate years in September of 2010.
Motisko will oversee marketing and press for all theatrical and home entertainment releases for Breaking Glass. Before becoming director of marketing and public relations, Motisko was in charge of quality control on all films for the company’s 36 annual releases. Motisko was also instrumental in launching and overseeing press and marketing for Breaking Glass Pictures UK division. He will report directly to CEO Rich Wolff.
– Concourse Media founders Matthew Shreder and James Andrew Felts have announced that Kevin Hoiseth has been tapped as the company’s executive vice president of worldwide sales. Hoiseth will lead distribution efforts to drive global sales for Concourse Film Trade, the newly bolstered film sales and financing arm of Concourse Media. The appointment comes off the heels of TIFF, where Shreder and Felts recently announced the launch of their commercially focused film fund which will be used to finance and sell 8-12 features each in the 2.5M to 20M range.
– Noted documentarian and veteran programmer Kathy Brew has been appointed as guest curator of The Museum of Modern Art’s 2017 Doc Fortnight festival. MoMA’s annual festival of international nonfiction film showcases important new discoveries in documentary cinema and highlights the growing ambition and experimentation within the documentary field. Under the direction of Rajendra Roy, The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film at MoMA, Ms. Brew will work with David Neary, returning Festival Manager, in selecting films to be presented during the annual 10-day event in February 2017.
The full line-up and screening schedule for the 2017 edition of Doc Fortnight will be announced in January 2017.