Cherkas will report directly to Picturehouse president Bob Berney and assumes responsibility for company operations, which encompasses overseeing productions and acquisitions deals, running daily business operations, and liaising with New Line and HBO and maximising opportunities for Picturehouse within those companies.
'Vicki is the perfect fit for Picturehouse, especially at this time when we are aggressively expanding into the global marketplace in all ways,' Berney said. 'Her diverse background in both production and international operations rounds out our already great Picturehouse team.'
Cherkas begins work on Apr 1. At Greenstreet she was responsible for business affairs, business development and new ventures, playing a major role in all the business, financial and legal aspects of the company's operations.
She orchestrated deals on such projects as Tenderness, A Prairie Home Companion, Uptown Girls, Swimfan, Pinero and In The Bedroom, among others.
Prior to GreeneStreet Cherkas served as senior vice president of business and legal affairs at Miramax, where she constructed the deals for Chicago, Frida, Shakespeare In Love, The English Patient and Pulp Fiction.
She has served as executive producer on Once In A Lifetime, and as co-executive producer on Uptown Girls.
'I am excited to work hand-in-hand with Bob and the Picturehouse team to further the distinctiveness of this already successful and dynamic company,' Cherkas said. 'I have been fortunate to have worked with John Penotti, Fisher Stevens and Tim Williams on an impressive GreeneStreet Films slate of projects, and will use this experience to complement the remarkable track record of Bob, New Line and HBO.'