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Focus Features Adds Kujawski to Sundance Acquisition Team

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 16, 2013 at 1:59PM

Universal Pictures is sending Executive Vice President of Worldwide Acquisitions Peter Kujawski to the Sundance Film Festival, which starts Thursday, to search for film acquisitions for not only the studio but specialized film division Focus Features. The studio wants to centralize and streamline its global acquisitions efforts.
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Peter Kujawski
Peter Kujawski

Universal Pictures is sending Executive Vice President of Worldwide Acquisitions Peter Kujawski to the Sundance Film Festival, which starts Thursday, to search for film acquisitions for not only the studio but specialized film division Focus Features. The studio wants to centralize and streamline its global acquisitions efforts.

Kujawski, who moved to Universal from Focus in September, 2011, will continue to report to Universal Co-Chairman Donna Langley and work with Universal Pictures International president David Kosse, as well as returning to the Focus team led by CEO James Schamus and president Andrew Karpen.

At Universal, Kujawski oversaw the acquisition of international rights to such films as Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty," Martin Scorsese's"The Wolf of Wall Street," Spike Lee’s English-language remake of South Korean director Park Chan-wook’s revenge thriller "Oldboy," "The Expendables 2," "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and J.C. Chandor's Robert Redford-starrer "All Is Lost."

Kujawski goes all the way back to Good Machine, where he started as assistant to Schamus.

This article is related to: Sundance Film Festival, Universal Pictures, Universal/Focus Features, Focus Features, Festivals, Festivals


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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.