by Eugene Hernandez
In what is considered a surprise move, longtime indiefilm publicist Mark
Urman will join Cinepix Film Properties (CFP) as the President of U.S.
Distribution. Urman will make the jump from Dennis Davidson Associates
(DDA) early next year.
The move and the timing of the announcement came as a surprise given the
fact that many indie minded PR companies are scrambling to firm client
lists and plans for the upcoming Sundance Film Festival. Urman, a mainstay
among the indie PR community, is leaving the company shortly after the
departure of Jennifer Morgerman who recently exited the firm for a PR post
at CFP. DDA will be representing a large roster of films at Sundance next
month without the two publicists who have served on their front line at the
festival in recent years.
As a Senior Vice President at DDA for that past eight years, Urman has led
PR campaigns for a wide array of independent and foreign films, as well as
representing numerous celebrities. In the early 80's, Urman handled East
Coast PR for Columbia Pictures.