James Schamus has been promoted to Focus Featureschief executive officer in the wake of David Linde's appointment twomonths ago as Universal Pictures co-chairman.
Schamus, who shared the role of Focus co-presidentsince he founded the company with Linde in 2002, assumes oversight ofFocus, Rogue Pictures and Focus Features International (FFI).
Meanwhile Andrew Karpen has been promoted toFocus president and Rogue co-president, and Andrew Rona is named Rogueco-president.
Karpen joined Focus as chief operatingofficer in August 2003 and takes control of all aspects of Focus andRogue's domestic and international activities.
He will continue to be responsible for the companies'worldwide finance, daily operations, and strategic planning, and reportsto Schamus.
Rona joined Rogue as president ofproduction in August 2005. Working with Karpen, Rona will shareresponsibility for the company's strategic oversight.
He reports to Schamus and will relocate to thecompany's West Coast offices in early summer.
Schamus and Karpen remain in Manhattan.
"As James' friend and business partner since 1997, Iknow first-hand how his business acumen and formidable creative talentscombine to make him an outstanding studio head," Linde said.
"As we gear up for our fifth Cannes this month,with the biggest and best Focus and Rogue slates yet, it's great to knowthat we have Marc and David's full support," Schamus said."
And I'm delighted that my colleagues and friendsAndrew Karpen and Andrew Rona have agreed to assume even greaterresponsibilities as Focus and Rogue expand."