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CBS Films Names Co-Presidents Wolfgang Hammer and Terry Press

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 23, 2012 at 4:16PM

Since its inception, CBS chief Les Moonves' experiment in film production and distribution, CBS Films, has been a label in search of an identity. Ex-Sony production exec Amy Baer gave it a go. Now respected marketing vet and CBS consultant Terry Press is teaming with business exec and CBS chief operating office Wolfgang Hammer as co-presidents.

“In Terry and Wolfgang, we are fortunate to have two very skilled executives, each with terrific knowledge of the business and strong resumes of innovation. They both possess the ‘roll-up-your-sleeves’ attitude for making, acquiring and marketing quality films for a division that is small in size, but laser-focused on assembling a mix of home-grown productions and acquisitions across a diverse range of genres. I look forward to the ongoing contributions they will make as they work together on all aspects of CBS Films to achieve our shared objective of developing great movies and growing this new part of our company.”

In the CBS pipeline: recently wrapped family comedy “Get A Job,” starring Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”), Miles Teller (“Project X”) and Anna Kendrick “50/50”). as well as summer thriller “7500,” followed by action comedy “Seven Psychopaths,”romantic drama “The Words,” starring Bradley Cooper (“Limitless”) and Zoe Saldana (“Star Trek”). In 2013 the distributor will release their remake of “Gambit,” adapted by the Coen brothers and starring Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz and Alan Rickman.  

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.