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    With James Schamus Out, What Does The Future Hold For Focus Features?

    Since 2001, James Schamus has been the very public and very successful CEO of Focus Features, the arthouse arm of Universal Pictures. Under his tenure, filmmakers like Ang Lee, the Coen Brothers, Woody Allen, George Clooney, Cary Fukunaga, Rian Johnson, David Cronenberg, Roman Polanski and more have...

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    Universal Replaces Schamus with Schlessel to Expand Focus Features Brand

    Universal is under new management. And another specialty division bites the dust. I may be overstating it, but safe to say, the old Focus Features--a high-class specialty division with an eye for awards worthy content--is no more. Longtime Focus CEO and co-founder James Schamus, a New Yorker of disc...

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    IN THE WORKS: 'Mother of George' Director Dosunmu to Helm 'Fela Kuti' Musical Biopic for Focus

    Focus Features is developing a drama about famed Nigerian musician/activist Fela Kuti, who was also front and center in the hit Broadway musical "Fela!" "Mother of George" filmmaker Andrew Dosunmu will direct "Fela Kuti," which Focus is describing as a "drama with music," as opposed to a fullblown ...

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    James Schamus and Andrew Karpen Are Now Co-CEOs of Focus Features

    James Schamus has signed a new contract as CEO of Focus Features -- but now he has a co-CEO in Andrew Karpen, who has been promoted from his prior role as president.

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    Hamptons Film Fest Will Honor James Schamus

    The Hamptons International Film Festival has announced that Focus Features CEO James Schamus will be honored at the festival's annual industry toast.

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