Mann Theaters head film buyer Paul Rosenfeld and Triumph Releasing’s VP domestic sales anddistribution Linda Ditrinco have ankled for newly created top posts at the fledgling Gramercy Pictures.
The executive hires are the latest in Gramercy’s efforts to gear up staff and prepare to launch its releases beginning in January.
The former Mann Theaters VP Rosenfeld has already joined the Gramercy fold. Ditrinco makes the switch next month.
“These are critical positions for us and the two of them bring a wealth of experience in exhibition and distribution to Gramercy,”said Russell Schwartz, Gramercy’s president.
He expects to announce two other key positions next week, a finance post and an executive in charge of national promotions and field marketing. An advertising position is expected to be finalized next month.
Once the top slots are filled, Schwartz will focus on staffing the other 10 or so positions before January. “We want to be up to speed by then, since we want to get our release going by April,” he noted.
By mid-November Schwartz hopes to announce a slate of six or seven additional releases for next year. The known productions from sister companies Gramercy is already set to release include: Propaganda’s upcoming “Kalifornia,” A&M Films’ “A Home of Our Own,” Working Title’s “Romeo Is Bleeding” and “Posse.””But I’ve got a couple more up my sleeve,” he added.
As for thelatest appointments at Gramercy, Rosenfeld will be responsible for overall strategy and distribution of the company’s release slate.
Before joining the company, a joint venture formed a few months ago between Polygram Filmed Entertainment and Universal Pictures, Rosenfeld held posts as western sales manager for Hemdale Releasing, was a senior VP of distribution for Cineplex Odeon Films and was former president of distribution for Alive. From 1983-86 he worked as a producer representative on such pix as “The Big Chill, “”Silverado,””The Cotton Club” and “Superman III.”
Once Ditrinco joins, she will oversee sales for Gramercy’s slate. In her current post, she supervises eight branch offices for Triumph, servicing both Columbia and TriStar Pictures’ product as well as several independent films. Those indie projects include “Homicide,””Bad Influence,””Wild Orchid” and “Triumph of the Spirit.”
While at Vestron from 1986-90, she supervised the release of 30 films as VP sales and distribution. Before that she was Eastern division manager for Samuel Goldwyn Co.