Oscilloscope Laboratories president David Fenkel will move into a consulting role, the company announced Thursday, while lieutenants Dan Berger and David Laub will take over all marketing, distribution and acquisitions duties.
Fenkel co-founded the indie distributor with Adam Yauch in 2008 and has helped steer the company to a number of key acquisitions and awards-season kudos, most notably for Oren Moverman’s 2009 drama “The Messenger.” His shift out of a leadership position is the first major personnel change for the young company, but Berger, who worked with Fenkel for years before Oscilloscope was launched, and Laub, who has been integral to acquisitions and distribution in recent years, have worked closely with Fenkel in building the company’s slate.
“It’s been over four years since we started and the company continues to get stronger and stronger,” said Fenkel. “And what a great slate for 2012. I couldn’t be more excited for my friends Dan and David to be in positions to take O-Scope to the next level. Adam has been an amazing partner and important mentor for me, both personally and professionally. It’s been an honor to be involved with helping execute his vision for this unique and special company and I look forward to continuing my involvement.”
Just what that involvement will look like is unclear; calls to Fenkel haven’t been returned. Upcoming Oscilloscope releases include “Hello I Must Be Going,” “Samsara,” “Shut Up and Play the Hits” and “28 Hotel Rooms.”
“The crew at Oscilloscope are some of my favorite people – they are smart, hard-working, unpretentious and I love that they are as amped as I am about the films we get to put out,” said Oscilloscope co-founder Adam Yauch. “This promotion makes a lot of sense. Dan Berger and David Laub have expanded their roles throughout the company over the years and have proven to be integral to our continued growth and success. These guys know their shit, and they have the utmost respect for filmmakers, which is at the core of O-Scope’s values.”
Oscilloscope has released “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” “If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front,” “Meek’s Cutoff,” “Bellflower” and “The Exploding Girl,” among others.