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Cinedigm Names Tom Hassell V-P of Theatrical Distribution

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 9, 2013 at 5:15PM

Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. has named veteran Tom Hassell Vice-President of Theatrical Distribution. He'll handle all aspects of theatrical distribution for the indie distributor.
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Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. has named veteran Tom Hassell Vice-President of Theatrical Distribution. He'll handle all aspects of theatrical distribution for the indie distributor, which recently acquired "Arthur Newman," starring  Colin Firth and Emily Blunt and "Violet and Daisy," starring Saoirse Ronan and James Gandolfini, and Kirby Dick's Oscar short-listed documentary, "The Invisible War."

Hassell has worked for three decades in distrbution, on both the studio (Columbia Pictures) and indie specialty (Polygram Filmed Entertainment, Destination Films, New Market Films, Picturehouse Films, and Film District) sides of the film industry.
 
CInedigm has been ramping up its distribution slate from limited to wider release films. "In the last year, we have made tremendous strides in our entertainment efforts, distributing films from five-screen targeted releases to 20-screen day-and-day releases to films spanning 1,000 screens," said Susan Margolin, co-President of Cinedigm’s entertainment group, "and we have many more projects slated for 2013.  Tom will play a critical role in releasing these films in the ‘Cinedigm’ way – putting producers first, being good partners to the exhibition community and bringing compelling content to demanding audiences."

Cinedigm delivers content in theaters, across digital and on-demand platforms, and on DVD/Blu-ray, partnering with  iTunes, Netflix, Amazon, Google, Hulu, Vudu, Xbox, Playstation, and others.
 

This article is related to: Cinedigm, Independents


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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.