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McGurk Talks Cinedigm Expansion, Scordino, Rothschild and Harris Head Acquisitions

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood July 18, 2012 at 4:22PM

Chris McGurk's Cinedigm Entertainment Group continues to expand as the digital cinema company repositions itself in the indie sector. As he focuses on Cinedigm's core digital cinema servicing and software and content distribution units, which have the most growth potential, he also acquired in April indie distributor/online aggregator New Video.

Thus Cinedigm is adding veteran acquisition exec Vince Scordino as VP of theatrical acquisitions. Two internal promotions also take effect: Emily Rothschild is now acquisitions director, and Kristen Harris is theatrical acquisitions director. (See McGurk's LAFF keynote speech here.)

Scordino was most recently at Millenium Entertainment, where he led the acquisitions of Richard Linklater's "Bernie," Oren Moverman's "Rampart" and Elgin James' "Little Birds." Before that he was an executive at the short-lived Apparition, where he was involved with acquiring Jean-Marc Valle's "The Young Victoria" and Nash Edgerton's "The Square."

 Rothschild oversees all acquisitions for New Video's prestige documentary label Docurama Films, and will handle theatrical, DVD, VOD and digital release across New Video's brands. Since joining with New Video and Docurama in January 2011, Rothschild has helped to buy "The Invisible War," "Being Elmo" and "Woody Allen: The Documentary."

Harris joined Cinedigm in 2011 and participated in the acquisition of "Like Water," "Citadel" and "In Our Nature." She previously worked at Overture, when it acquired "The Men Who Stare at Goats" and "Sunshine Cleaning."

This article is related to: Cinedigm, Vince Scordino, Emily Rothschild, Kristen Harris

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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.