Acorporate reshuffle is underway at Focus Features as the production andacquisitions departments move closer together to prepare for the company'sexpansion into worldwide production.
Underthe company's new president of production John Lyons, several executives willassume extra responsibilities, including Amy Kaufman, the executive vicepresident of acquisitions and co-productions, who becomes executive vicepresident of production.
JoePichirallo will remain executive vice president of production, while vicepresident of production Kahli Small continues with the department, as doescreative executive Kate Petrosky. All will report to Lyons.
JasonResnick, currently vice president of acquisitions, will now head acquisitionsand lead the acquisitions team at Sundance. He will oversee all the company'sacquisitions from his Los Angeles office and reports directly to Lyons.
LeeMagiday, formerly vice president of acquisitions, is taking on expandedresponsibilities as vice president of acquisitions and productions for Europe.Magiday will report to Kaufman for production duties.
Managerof acquisitions John Hodges continues in that capacity and, with Magiday, willreport to Resnick on all potential acquisitions.
"Weare reaffirming not only our commitment to global production but also to theexceptionally talented executives at Focus," company co-presidents David Lindeand James Schamus said in a joint statement.
"Theteam's mandate is to forge and renew strong relationships with film-makersworldwide, while always keeping an eye out for feature film acquisitions andjoint ventures that would complement our increased slate of in-houseproductions."
"I'mparticularly pleased to be better able to take advantage of the acquisitionsteam's reach around the world," added Lyons. "Now they will be more closelyallied with the production department, thereby maximising all of ourstrengths."
TheNew York-based Kaufman has been with Focus since its inception and has workedon such projects as Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's 21 Grams, SofiaCoppola's Lost In Translation, and Tod Williams' The Door In TheFloor, which is in post-production.
Pichirallo,based in Los Angeles, has also been with Focus since it was formed, and hiscredits include Jim Simpson's The Guys, and the in-development LittleMiss Sunshine and Truth, Justice And The American Way.
Resnickjoined the company in summer 2002 from parent company Universal Pictures andwill continue to make acquisitions for Universal, for whom he was instrumentalin acquiring David Lynch's Mulholland Drive and Christophe Gans' BrotherhoodOf The Wolf.
Magidayjoined Focus in summer 2002 from UIP as Focus' UK representative, additionallyoverseeing European acquisitions, where her credits included Francois Ozon's SwimmingPool.
Basedin Los Angeles, Small joined Focus last winter after working as an independentproducer. She assisted in overseeing Christine Jeffs' Sylvia and MichelGondry's Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, which Focus will releasein March.
Petroskyis also based in Los Angeles and joined Focus last spring after working atDreamWorks Pictures. Hodges, based in New York, has been with Focus since itsinception and was promoted to his current position last winter.
Focus'upcoming releases include Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind,starring Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet and Kirsten Dunst; Gregor Jordan's NedKelly, starring Heath Ledger, Orlando Bloom, Naomi Watts, and GeoffreyRush; The Door In The Floor, starring Jeff Bridges and Kim Basinger;Mira Nair's Vanity Fair, starring Reese Witherspoon; and Adam Rapp's WinterPassing, which stars Ed Harris, Zooey Deschanel, and Will Ferrell.