In two big changesin the publicity department at Miramax Films, Paul Pflug has joined the companyas executive vice president of media relations and corporate communications,while Matthew Hiltzik has been promoted to senior vice president of corporatecommunications and government relations.

Effective today,Pflug is based in Miramax's Los Angeles office, where his responsibilitiesinclude managing Miramax's corporate profile and communications strategieswithin the entertainment, consumer and business communities on a global levelas well as serving as the publicity team's senior executive on the West Coast.

He will overseethe West Coast publicity team's theatrical film efforts and consult on Miramaxhome entertainment and television initiatives.

Ultimateoversight of Miramax's film-related publicity and awards campaigns remains withNew-York based Amanda Lundberg, executive vice president of worldwidepublicity.

Pflug willreport to co-chairmen Bob and Harvey Weinstein and chief operating officer RickSands and will work closely with Lundberg and Hiltzik.

Hiltzik, whojoined Miramax in December 1999, will continue overseeing many of Miramax'sdaily corporate communications activities and will work with Pflug on thedevelopment of long-range corporate strategies.

He will alsocontinue his role of coordinating the company's government relations,philanthropic efforts, community relations, and other projects and events whileassisting on publicity relating to Miramax Books. Hiltzik will remain involvedwith Miramax Films' publicity and Oscar campaigns, reporting to Lundberg.

"As Miramaxcontinues to grow and evolve, we have been looking for someone like Paul tohelp enhance our strategic corporate communications activities as well as ourpublicity efforts on the West Coast," Harvey Weinstein said in astatement.

"Paul'sbreadth of experience and strategic thinking combined with his relationshipsand standing within the media community make him the right individual to helpus accomplish our goals."

"Matthew'scharacter, commitment and versatility have enabled him to work very effectivelywith many of our executives on a wide range of Miramax projects,"Weinstein continued. "We recognise his dedication and appreciate theimportant role he plays in the company."

Pflug spent thelast four years at Artisan Entertainment, most recently serving as executivevice president of national publicity and corporate communication. He oversawpublicity campaigns for The Blair Witch Project, Buena Vista Social Club,Requiem For A Dream and RogerDodger, among others.

Before Artisan, he was a partner at national publicrelations and marketing firm Bragman Nyman Cafarelli.

Prior to joining Miramax, Hiltzik was press secretary anddeputy executive director of the New York State Democratic Committee, workingon First Lady Hillary Clinton's Listening Tour around New York State in 1999.