David Brooks,the former executive vice president and co-head of marketing at Miramax Films,has joined Focus Features as its president of marketing.

Brooks will be based in New York, where he will be responsiblefor overseeing the company's worldwide marketing activities as Universal'sspecialty arm. His appointment is effective immediately.

Announcing themove, Focus co-presidents David Linde and James Schamus said in a statement: 'Davidhas an extraordinary track record, and we're confident that his expertisewill be quite valuable to Focus as the company builds on our worldwidepresence. He will be a pivotal player on our team.'

Brooks expressedparticular excitement over Focus' upcoming slate, which includes FrancoisOzon's 8 Women,France's official submission for the 2003 Academy Awards; Todd Haynes'acclaimed drama Far From Heaven, which garnered two awards at Venice and earned a best actressaward for Julianne Moore from the National Board of Review; and Neil LaBute'sThe Shape Of Things,which will receive its world premiere at January's Sundance Film Festival.

After joiningMiramax from New York University, Brookssoon established himself in the marketing department.During his 12 years at the company he wasinvolved in more than 250 campaigns including those for ShakespeareIn Love, Life Is Beautiful, Good Will Hunting, Pulp Fiction and Bridget Jones'sDiary.