Keep up with the revolving door that is the film industry with our weekly Career Moves column that tracks all the comings and goings of the industry leaders that make Hollywood tick. Check out last week’s Career Moves to find out who went where, when and why.
– Scott Veltri has been promoted to head of worldwide sales at Magnolia Pictures. He will replace Christina Rogers, who is departing the distributor to pursue other opportunities. Veltri previously served as vice president of international sales and worked closely with Rogers over the last three years to increase the profile of the division. During his time at Magnolia, Veltri has sold films like “Tangerine,” “Life Itself,” “The Wolfpack,” “Iris” and “Best of Enemies.” Of the news, Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles commented, “Scott has proven himself to be an invaluable asset to the international sales team, and we’re very pleased for him to take on this new responsibility.” The news was first reported by Screen Daily.
– Aspen Film Artistic Director Maggie Mackay is joining the Los Angeles-based Vidiots Foundation as their Executive Director. In a recent email to friends and colleagues, Mackay shared, “Having basically grown up in a video store (RIP NYC’s Rare Bird Video), even the thought of this opportunity was exciting. That Vidiots is an iconic and beloved Los Angeles resource and gathering place for filmmakers and cinephiles alike, and that it houses a mind-boggling collection of work, makes this everything I could possibly hope for in a professional endeavor. Founders Cathy and Patty, the amazing staff at Vidiots, and I are ready to take this incredible organization into the next era and we hope you’ll come along for the ride.”
– First Look Media has hired on Annie Marter as their new senior vice president of feature film in an effort to ramp up the studio’s forays into feature films. Marter is a veteran exec who previously worked on films like “Sunshine Cleaning,” “Let Me In,” “Jack Goes Boating” and “Transcendence.” Of the new addition, First Look Media’s EVP of programming and content, Adam Pincus commented, “Annie’s got great taste in material and filmmakers, and strong relationships throughout the independent film world. Her track record in both finding and supporting new talent and working closely with more established makers lines up perfectly with what we’re building at First Look Media.”
– Cinetic Media has hired Jason Ishikawa to head up the new international sales division. Ishikawa joins Cinetic from The Film Sales Company, where he was the senior deirector of acquisitions. During his tenure, the ompany sold over 100 titles across domestic and international territories. With Ishikawa on board, Cinetic will now be working with existing sales, management and finance teams to devise strategies on film finance and worldwide sales as well as acquiring international sales rights. Of the news, Ishikawa commented, “I’m very excited to be joining Cinetic to launch the international sales division. I look forward to working alongside our robust domestic sales, financing and management divisions to execute global sales and distribution strategies for our clients.”