Rick Finkelstein, who helped negotiate the deal for Polygram Filmed Entertainment to acquire interest in Interscope Communications, has been named exec VP for the Polygram division’s U.S. operations.Finkelstein, who acted as a legal consultant to Polygram from the time the company set up the film operations to its recent Interscope acquisition, will now oversee U.S. business affairs and legal activities. “Rick proved himself in negotiating our acquisition agreement with Interscope Communications and our output deals with Showtime and MGM, and has become an invaluable member of the Polygram team,” said Michael Kuhn, PFE prexy. In addition to his work with Polygram, Finkelstein also consulted recently for Intermedia Film Equities, where he worked on negotiations for Ridley and Tony Scott’s production company at 20th Century Fox. Prior to that, he was president of production for Nelson Films Inc., where he negotiated Nelson’s co-financing deal with Castle Rock Entertainment. Polygram Filmed Entertainment is a division of record and entertainment group Polygram. It is the parent company of A&M Films, Interscope Communications, Propaganda Films, U.K.-based Working Title Films, Gramercy Pictures (in a co-venture with Universal Pictures) and Manifesto Film sales. The company also has an agreement under which MGM/UA is the domestic distributor of its major release films. Among the company’s talent deals are a three-year production pact with Jodie Foster’s Egg Pix, under which Polygram will fund development and production of the Egg’s films, and a joint venture with Working Title for a three-year agreement with Tim Robbins and his company, Havoc Inc.
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