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Distribution Maestro Jeff Blake Exits Sony After 22 Years: Dynamo and Class Act

The news that Jeff Blake is departing his position as Chairman of Sony Pictures and Vice-Chairman of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for the company leaves the industry, at least until his future plans as announced, without one its most revered and honorable executives.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 22, 2014 5:24 PM
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Lena Dunham's 'Not That Kind of Tour' Attracts Big Talent

Fasten your seat belts. Lena Dunham’s first book is just two-and-a-half months away. Before and after the release of her essay collection, “Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's ‘Learned,’” the writer-director-actress will take a cross-country promo tour. But she's making it more fun by pulling in some promo partners.
  • By Nick Newman
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  • July 16, 2014 12:57 PM
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WATCH: Lauren Greenfield's Brilliant 'Like a Girl' Always Spot (VIDEO)

The issue of how society views women and girls is front and center these days. And many folks are stepping up the consciousness-raising that so clearly needs to happen. Geena Davis is on the case. So is Women and Hollywood. And so is documentary filmmaker Lauren Greenfield ("The Queen of Versailles") who has posted a wonderful spot for Always.com. Check it out.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 26, 2014 8:45 PM
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As 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Heads Toward Release, Universal Is Calling Shots (FIRST LOOK)

As the movie version of the bestselling erotic novel "50 Shades of Grey" heads for release on February 13, 2015, the Focus Features marketing is starting to roll out. The sexy Interview cover and less provocative headshot of Jamie Dornan, the Northern Irish actor ("Once Upon a Time") finally cast as S & M master Christian Grey, were duly unveiled on Facebook.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 18, 2014 6:00 PM
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Alamo Drafthouse Adds Branding Officer

When you have a brand to sell, then sell the hell out of it. CEO Tim League is adding a Chief Brand Officer to his burgeoning Alamo Drafthouse exhibition and distribution enterprise. Branding veteran Christian Parkes is joining the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema staff effective June 16th. He will oversee the branding and strategy of Drafthouse Media, Drafthouse Films, Fantastic Fest, Mondo and Rolling Roadshow.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 11, 2014 1:55 PM
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Laura Kim Takes Marketing Reins at Participant Media

It makes sense for Laura Kim to take over the marketing reins at Participant Media. The marketing veteran loves documentaries and independent film--has a passion for them in fact.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 5, 2014 6:08 PM
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'Hank and Asha': How Two Newlyweds Shot a Long-Distance Romance on Their Honeymoon

"We premiered at Slamdance last year and won an award there, and have been on the festival circuit for a year at 25 to 30 festivals, where we won a bunch of awards."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 14, 2014 8:00 PM
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Want to Slap Tim League in the Face? Here's Your Chance to Get Some 'Cheap Thrills'

Check out the unusual money back guarantee that Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League is making on his new release "Cheap Thrills," opening this weekend.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 21, 2014 3:08 PM
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Why Roadside Attractions Is the Right Distributor to Handle Justin Simien's College Satire 'Dear White People' (VIDEO)

With a solid target audience of college students and millennials, it will be fascinating to see how Roadside Attractions handles the release of marketer-turned-filmmaker Justin Simien's cutting racial satire "Dear White People," given that the Sundance prize-winner started out as a provocative concept trailer that went viral in 2012 on Twitter, Facebook, Vimeo, crowd-funding site Indiegogo and YouTube. This provided investors with reason to back the rookie director's first feature.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 20, 2014 3:23 PM
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Niche Doc On-Demand Release Targets Batman Fans (VIDEO)

Documentaries lend themselves to targeted niche marketing and, as "Detropia" proved last year, self-distribution. All you need is a subject with a defined fan base. Funded by more than 1,000 Kickstarter donors, Brett Culp's "Legends of the Knight" is a case in point. Relying on community support with each screening benefiting a local charity, the movie has been pulling in Batman fans across the country.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 13, 2014 12:15 PM
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