The shape and structure of producer Graham King and Tim Headington’s new acquisitions, distribution, production and financing company FilmDistrict, run out of L.A. by ex-Sony exec Peter Schlessel, is coming into focus.
FilmDistrict CEO Schlessel is going to supervise acquisitions for the company, while ex-Picturehouse and Apparition chief Bob Berney will run theatrical marketing and distribution out of New York, with no L.A. staff (this omits such Berney regulars as acquisitions exec Sara Rose and any L.A.-based marketing and PR execs). FilmDistrict plans to release between four and eight wide-release films in the next year.
But Berney has brought on many of his tried-and-true team. They include: wife Jeanne Berney as marketing exec vp, senior distribution vp Dan Lange, senior vp film settlement John Lange, senior vp general sales manager Bill Thompson, distribution director Ryan Markowitz, distribution operations director Nicki Petrone, national exhibitor relations director Deborah Johnson, senior vp business affairs Valerie Bruce, senior vp marketing Kirk Iwanowski and field publicity and promotions director Oleg Dubson. New to working with the Berneys is senior publicity vp Liz Berger, ex of 42 West and Miramax.