– In a surprise move, Open Road Films has named Jonathan Helfgot President of Marketing, replacing Chief Marketing Officer Jason Cassidy, who is leaving the company just weeks after the indie outfit won best picture for “Spotlight.” Helfgot joins Open Road Films from Rec Room, an original and branded content studio, which he founded and at which he most recently served as managing partner. Helfgot previously served as Executive Vice President, Worldwide Marketing for Anschutz Film Group and served as Senior Vice President, Marketing Strategy & Research at 20th Century Fox.
– Film4 film chief David Kosse has left the British production banner less than two years after being named to its top job to join STX and head up their newly formed STX International branch. Kosse came to Film4 in 2014 after a decade-long run with Universal. In his new role, he “will oversee international strategy for the marketing and direct theatrical and multi-platform distribution of STX films worldwide,” including expansion into other territories and plans for direct distribution in the UK and Ireland. The news was first reported by Deadline.
– Fox Searchlight Pictures promoted Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum to Co-Heads of Production earlier this week, a move that will see the pair taking over the responsibilities formerly held by President of Production Claudia Lewis. Now positioned as Co-Heads of Production and Executive Vice Presidents, Greenfield and Mr. Greenbaum will be responsible for Fox Searchlight’s annual slate of films, as well as all aspects of production for the company including development, packaging, budgeting, casting and production. Greenfield has been at Fox Searchlight for nine years, and his executive tenure has focused on shepherding such titles as “The Descendants” and “Enough Said” to fruition. Greenbaum has been with the company for six years, and most recently oversaw features like “Wild” and “Hitchcock.”
– The revamp-bent MTV has picked up another new executive in the form of Conde Nast Entertainment Exec Michael Klein, who will join the company as EVP of Original Content, a position in which he will focus on overseeing original programming for MTV and all of its related brands. At Conde Nast, Klein served as EVP of Programming and Content Strategy, Digital Channels,where he oversaw development and production for the company’s portfolio of digital channels like Vogue, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. Previously, he served as EVP of Alternative Programming for Amazon, SVP of Programming and Development for the Sundance Channel, SVP of Content for the Travel Channel and VP of Program Production at TLC. The news was first reported by Deadline.
– Film producer and executive Matt Jackson has been named Head of Film Production and Acquisitions at The Mark Gordon Company, where he will be charged with overseeing the company’s film operations, including managing day to day development and production on projects, and identifying feature content for acquisition by the company. Jackson most recently served as President of Production at IM Global, where he produced “The Journey” and the “Secret in Their Eyes” remake. Jackson also executive produced the upcoming features “Free State of Jones,” “Collide” and “Southside With You.” Before his stint at IM Global, Jackson served as the EVP and Head of U.S. Production at Exclusive Media and previously held executive production and development positions at Paramount Pictures and Universal Pictures.
Partners expanded its partnership this week, thanks to the promotion of
nine agents in Los Angeles and New York. The new partners include Jessica Lacy, Head
of International and Independent Film, who was promoted to her current position in 2012. Lacy recently brokered the deal with Amazon to pick up Woody Allen’s latest, “Cafe Society,” which will open this year’s Cannes. Lacy also packaged and sold indie hits “Tangerine” and “The One I Love.” Up next for Lacy? Representing the domestic rights on “The One I Love” helmer Charlie McDowell’s newest offering, the Rooney Mara-starring “The Discovery.”
Creative Executive of Film and Scripted Television. Kleiger
has been with Warrior Poets since 2011 where she began her tenure as Production
Secretary, before continuing on as Associate Producer and later Production Manager on CNN’s “Morgan Spurlock: Inside Man.” As Vice
President of Production, Kleiger will oversee physical production on TV, Film
and Digital projects, while also taking on a greater operational role within
Warrior Poets. Traub
has been with Warrior Poets in a variety of roles over the past three years,
including as Spurlock’s assistant, and more recently, as Associate
Producer on the Tribeca Film Festival documentary “Pistol Shrimps.”
– Relativity’s former President of Worldwide Distribution, Kyle Davies, has landed at Paramount, where he we will serve as President, Domestic Distribution. Davies left the troubled Relativity in March. It’s not the first time Davies has worked for Paramount, as he previously served as SVP of distribution at Paramount, after joining from DreamWorks Pictures. Davies got his start in exhibition, and the early part of his career saw him holding positions at National Amusements and General Cinema. The news was first reported by Deadline.
– Field of Vision co-founder Charlotte Cook has added a new position to her busy schedule. The former Director of Programming at Hot Docs has now joined the programming team at CPH:DOX. The festival recently announced that they we will be moving their dates from November to March, and the next edition will take place from March 16-26, 2017. As part of their new launch, the existing programme team, Tine Fischer, Niklas Engstrøm and Mads Mikkelsen will strengthen the festival’s focus on new formats, new talents and new types of media collaboration.
Check out the trailer for Open Road’s big Oscar winner, “Spotlight,” below: