Magnolia Pictures Ups Begley and Cowal Following a Key Departure
Matt Cowal. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

Magnolia Pictures promoted two execs Wednesday with Dori Begley named senior VP of acquisitions and Matt Cowal promoted to senior VP of marketing & publicity.

The two previously held the title of VP in their respective areas.

The news comes following the departure of Tom Quinn who will lead a new label at The Weinstein Company that targets the VOD market along with Jason Janego, which was announced Tuesday.

Magnolia Pictures, founded by Eamonn Bowles and Bill Banowsky at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

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Wagner/Cuban Company's Magnolia Pictures announced today that Dori Begley has been promoted from Vice President to Senior Vice President of Acquisitions, along with Matt Cowal who has been promoted from Vice President to Senior Vice President of Marketing & Publicity.

Begley, who has worked in acquisitions at Magnolia for over four years, will oversee the acquisition of new product for Magnolia, Magnet Releasing, Magnolia Home Entertainment and Magnolia International across all of their distribution platforms, taking over those duties from Tom Quinn, who departed the company this week. Cowal has been with the company since 2007 and now oversees all marketing and publicity efforts for Magnolia and Magnet. He and Begley will collaborate closely together under Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles.

Dori Begley. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

Said Bowles: "I am delighted to be promoting Dori Begley to SVP of Acquisitions, a position that she richly deserves. Dori has proven herself to be exceptional at sourcing films for Magnolia's traditional theatrical releases, as well as our Ultra VOD program - the machinery of which remains completely intact and continues to be the gold standard in cross-platform digital distribution. Likewise I'm incredibly pleased to be promoting Matt Cowal to SVP of Marketing and Publicity. Matt has been integral to our ongoing success across all platforms over the last few years. Everyone at Magnolia thanks Tom Quinn for his many contributions to the company and wish him the best in his new endeavors."

Magnolia's core of executives remains as strong as ever, including Head of Business & Legal Affairs Chris Matson, Head of Distribution Neal Block, and Head of International Sales Laird Adamson.

Also, Magnolia is establishing a Los Angeles presence for their acquisitions team with Director of Acquisitions Peter Van Steemberg, who has relocated there from New York.

This year marks Magnolia's 10th anniversary. It was announced by co-founders Eamonn Bowles and Bill Banowsky at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival.

About Magnolia Pictures
Magnolia Pictures ( is the theatrical and home entertainment distribution arm of the Wagner/Cuban Companies, a vertically-integrated group of media properties co-owned by Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban that also includes the Landmark Theatres chain, and the high definition cable network HDNet. Recent releases include Page One: Inside the New York Times, French thriller Point Blank, Alex Gibney's documentaries Magic Trip and Client 9, Andrew Jarecki's All Good Things, and Luca Guadagnino's I Am Love. Magnolia's upcoming releases include Lars Von Trier's Melancholia, Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie, Mark Pellington's I Melt With You, rakontur's Limelight, David Gelb's Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Anne Sewitsky's Happy, Happy, Jo Nesbo's Headhunters, The Good Doctor with Orlando Bloom, and many more.