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by Dana Harris
February 1, 2012 8:41 PM
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Matt Dentler is Leaving FilmBuff to Join iTunes

Matt Dentler.

Matt Dentler is leaving Cinetic Rights Management's FilmBuff to join iTunes, where he'll oversee partnerships with independent film partners.

As head of programming at FilmBuff, Dentler managed the VOD releases of titles like the Polish Bros. title "For Lovers Only" and Ed Burns' "Nice Guy Johnny," both of which were also success stories for the iTunes platform.

Dentler is a graduate of UT Austin's film program; he began working for SXSW in 2000 (his freshman year) as an intern; eventually, he became the head of the festival. He joined FilmBuff in 2008.

Currently based in New York, Dentler will relocate to Los Angeles this month.


  • brian fantana | February 2, 2012 3:28 PMReply

    great move for matt and the indie film biz - huge loss for cinetic and nyc -

  • Rick Allen | February 1, 2012 9:51 PMReply

    Rich has it right - SXSW, FilmBuff & now iTunes - 3 great gigs for a terrific talent.

  • Evan F. | February 1, 2012 9:08 PMReply

    I saw/met Matt at Thom Power's Doc Fest State of the Industry Panel in it's first year. Congrats to him! I think this is a really good thing for everyone in the industry. Apple, and the upcoming Apple TV, could do more for the independent film industry. I really hope a lot of partnerships are made, and there is some out of the box thinking in terms of the business model for consumers. VOD might be on the uptick but I think there are a lot of people who will only go for independent content with subscription models (as long as its not pennies for the content producers).

  • rich | February 1, 2012 9:03 PMReply

    Good things happen to good people.