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RIP: Rob Remley

RIP: Rob Remley

It’s a sad moment to think that Rob Remley, a long-time international marketing executive, most recently at Warner Bros. and Lionsgate, and whom I knew when he was at New Line, is not going to grace us with his sweet self again. He and his his longtime companion, film professor and critic Emanuel Levy, and I saw each other at all the film festivals and events so often over the years after I met Emanuel on the dance floor at one Toronto party. HIs gentle and interested manner always made me feel so appreciated and understood. We always promised to see more of each other and so the years passed.

Rob Remley was an accomplished dancer and film exec. He passed away on Tuesday, September 27, after three years of a fierce and heroic battle with cancer.

A brilliant man of many talents, Rob received his B.A. in English Literature from Berkeley University, and his M.A. in Dance from Ohio State University.

He began his dancing career with Dance Montana before moving to New York City. In 1977, he was invited to join the prestigious Merce Cunningham Dance Company, for which he performed until 1988.

The highlight of his Cunningham career was in 1984, in a piece called “Quartet,” which Merce choreographed specifically for him. That dance landed him on the cover of the New York Time Magazine, alongside Merce and the other dancers. The revival of “Quartet” is being nominated this year for the Bessie Award and will be the very last piece to be performed before the Cunningham Company disbands on December 31, 2011.

After leaving the MCDC, at his prime, Rob attended Columbia University, where he received an MBA (in distinction) in 1990. In his graduation speech, the Dean of the School proudly announced that the grads that year “even include a former dancer.”

In 1991, Rob and his partner, film professor and film critic Emanuel Levy, relocated to the West Coast. Rob worked in the international marketing department of Columbia/ Sony until 1995, when he was hired by New Line as senior vice president in the international division, then overseen by Camela Galano and Rolf Mitweg.

Among his most favorite and cherished projects at New Line was Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. When New Line folded, Rob became a member of the very small unit that operated within Warner Bros, until he was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, November 5, at 1pm, at 8155 Willow Glenn Road, L.A. CA 90046.

In lieu of flowers or cards, modest donations would be appreciated to the RemleyLevy Arts Foundation, Rob’s very last wish, a non-profit association devoted to dance and film apprehension among ethnic minorities and very young students. Donations should be sent to RemleyLevy Arts Foundation, c/o Levy, 11 Riverside Drive, Apt. 17PW, NY. NY 10023.

Rob is survived by his longtime companion Emanuel Levy.

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