By Eugene Hernandez | Indiewire September 30, 2010 at 3:16AM
A fixture of the East Coast film scene is heading west. Veteran publicist Jeff Hill is closing his Manhattan based indie and international PR firm at the end of this year. Hill's International House of Publicity (IHOP), formed back in 2002, will shut its doors in December when he leaves NYC for a new home (and streamlined publicity career) in the Southern California desert.
For more than two decades, Jeff Hill has been a fixture in New York's film scene, repping countless films at festivals and ahead of their specialty theatrical releases. Prior to forming IHOP, Hill launched Falco Ink with a team of PR partners who left Clein + White PR in 1999. For years, his spacious Midtown Manhattan apartment -- which was also the office for IHOP -- has been a gathering place for New York's film community, particularly at Hill's traditional Holiday party.
Hill made the decision over the summer and began spreading word of his plans within the film community. He decided to finish out the year working on a number of upcoming releases, including Mike Leigh's "Another Year," which will open in theaters on December 31st.
"In the end, I am not really leaving 'The Showbiz' - just stepping to the sidelines a bit and moving away from the full-time business of releasing films here in the Tri-State area," Hill said in an email to friends and colleagues today.
Hill studied at Kent State University and joined Clein + Feldman PR in 1987 after college. The firm was one of the leading companies for indie and specialty film publicity, eventually becoming Clein + White PR. Starting there as an assistant, Hill rose through the ranks, becoming a VP before leaving to form Falco Ink and later launching IHOP.
Most recently, Hill's IHOP outfit promoted scores of films nationally, achieving major success (and countless Oscar nominations over the years) with Lee Daniels' "Precious," Michael Haneke's "The White Ribbon," Sophia Coppola's "Lost in Translation," Todd Haynes' "Far From Heaven," Gus Van Sant's "Elephant," and Julian Schnabel's "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," among others, as well as numerous films by Mike Leigh and Pedro Almodovar. Sony Pictures Classics and Focus Features are among his frequent clients. Other films on his illustrious roster over the years include Kimberly Peirce's "Boys Don't Cry," Gus Van Sant's "My Own Private Idaho," Richard Linklater's "Slacker," among many many others. Hill currently serves as Director of Public Relations for Provincetown International Film Festival and has guided the ongoing PR efforts of Christine Vachon and Killer Films.
Over the summer, Jeff Hill's longtime colleague Jessica Uzzan formed Hook Publicity with Mary Ann Hult, one of many shifts that have altered the film PR landscape in the city during the past year.
"I thank you very much for making my personal and/or professional life here such a wonderful and memorable experience," Hill wrote in the email today. "I will never forget all of the people I’ve met over the last 23 years. I am very sad about leaving my friends, colleagues and that fabulous apartment behind. But I’m extremely excited about my new beginnings in a warm, sunny and much dryer climate."