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US Briefs: Weinsteins promote publicity executives

Plus: Ileen Reich assumes corp comms role at Participant Media; and more…

The Weinstein Company (TWC) has promoted Nicole Quenqua and Marguerite Michael to co-heads of TWC publicity.

Quenqua will run the department’s New York office and Michael will lead the publicity team in LA.

TWC-Dimension has promoted Pantea Ghaderi to executive vice-president of publicity.

TWC top brass made the announcements as it emerged that president of publicity Dani Weinstein was departing after 16 years.

  • Ileen Reich has joined Participant Media as senior vice president of publicity and corporate communications. She arrives from Sony Pictures Entertainment where she served as senior vice-president of national publicity and reports to Christina Kounelias, executive vice-president of worldwide marketing and communications.
  • George Blagden, Charleene Closshey, Robbie Kay, Stelio Savante, Michael Beach, and Raymond J. Barry have joined No Postage Necessary. The story of a hacktivist who tries to win the heart of a young widow is shooting in Florida until the end of the month. Closshey produces with writer-director Jeremy Culver.
  • CG animation Blinky Bill: The Movie starring Ryan Kwanten, Rufus Sewell and Toni Colette and Barry Humphries is set for a theatrical release on October 7 through Shout! Factory Films. Studio 100’s Sydney-based animation studio Flying Park Productions produced the film, based on the eponymous koala.
  • The Recall has begun principal photography in British Columbia, Canada. Minds Eye Entertainment, Bridgegate Pictures and VMI Worldwide produce the sci-fi thriller directed by Mauro Borrelli, which the parties announced in Cannes would be the first in a six-film slate. RJ Mitte, Jedidiah Goodacre and Niko Pepai star and Kevin Dewalt and Danielle Masters produce. Minds Eye holds North American rights and VMI controls international sales.

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