Tribeca Film Institute, the non-profit branch of Tribeca Enterprises, has lost its popular CEO Brian Newman.

Tribeca said in a statement: “Brian Newman has resigned from his position as CEO of the Tribeca Film Institute effective immediately. We wish him the best in his new endeavors.”

“In the interim period [deputy director] Eileen Newman will continue to manage the day-to-day operations of TFI and Reframe project while Beth Jansen will oversee programming as our artistic director.”

Tribeca Film Institute runs programmes such as its youth initiatives, the Tribeca All Access diversity programme, the Alfred P. Sloan Filmmaker Fund and the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund. Each area has its own program director so Newman’s departure shouldn’t put any of those programmes in jeopardy.

Also, Tribeca Film Institute continues to push ahead with new projects, such as a new partnership with 46664 and the Nelson Mandela Foundation for a Mandela Day award to fund short films.

Newman had worked at National Video Resources, which morphed into Renew Media, which in turn was merged with Tribeca in March 2008. He is also a veteran of Atlanta’s IMAGE Film & Video (which oversees the Atlanta Film Festival); the IFP and the South Carolina Arts Commission.

Newman recently appeared at the Edinburgh International Film Festival to speak on Power To The Pixel’s Tales From The Digital Frontier.