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Relativity Hits Sundance with Ex-Paramount Star Acquisition Exec Matukewicz in Tow

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 19, 2011 at 10:16AM

In a piece of acquisition news second only to SnagFilms' pick-up of veteran indie star Bingham Ray, new distrib on the block Relativity has poached Paramount acquisitions exec Joe Matukewicz as SVP of Worldwide Acquisitions. Matukewicz put in nine years as a Paramount exec, winding up as VP Acquisitions and Co-Productions for Paramount Vantage and Paramount Worldwide Acquisitions Group. He head acquisitions and work closely with the Relativity production team, reporting to Relativity production chief Tucker Tooley and marketing and distribution head Peter Adee. Matukewicz has already acquired for Relativity David Ellis’ Untitled 3D Shark Thriller from his old Vantage boss Nick Meyer’s Sierra Pictures.
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Thompson on Hollywood

In a piece of acquisition news second only to SnagFilms' pick-up of veteran indie star Bingham Ray, new distrib on the block Relativity has poached Paramount acquisitions exec Joe Matukewicz as SVP of Worldwide Acquisitions.

Matukewicz put in nine years as a Paramount exec, winding up as VP Acquisitions and Co-Productions for Paramount Vantage and Paramount Worldwide Acquisitions Group. He head acquisitions and work closely with the Relativity production team, reporting to Relativity production chief Tucker Tooley and marketing and distribution head Peter Adee. Matukewicz has already acquired for Relativity David Ellis’ Untitled 3D Shark Thriller from his old Vantage boss Nick Meyer’s Sierra Pictures.

[Joe Matukewicz (center) at Indie Spirit Awards, photo by indieWIRE]

This article is related to: Festivals, Independents, Indies, Sundance, Relativity


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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.