Former Paramount Classics co-president David Dinerstein is among the industry folks who will officially unveil a new venture today. Dubbed iklipz, the company is a social networking site aimed at presenting films online, with Dinerstein serving as programming consultant for the new outlet. The new site boasts an advisory board that includes Magnolia Pictures' Eamonn Bowles, ThinkFILM's Mark Urman, IFP's Michelle Byrd, First Look's Ruth Vitale, publicist Fredell Pogodin, the Gersh Agency's Arianna Bocco, producer Jon Landau, and filmmakers Julian Schnabel and Ed Burns. Other backers include former Paramount Pictures marketing president Arthur Cohen and internet entrepreneur Richard Witkowski.
Dinerstein is overseeing site content and film programming with former Paramount Classics exec Susan Wrubel. In a statement previewing the new site, the two said, "Film is important, exciting, and thought-provoking, it deserves to be seen by a vast audience. We think iklipz can and will be the industry insider site for filmmakers looking for a new forum for their work." [Eugene Hernandez]