Trimark co-founder and senior VP Barry Barnholtz is leaving the company to launch his own independent production, sales and acquisitions company, Barnholtz Entertainment, which has a first-look deal with Trimark.

Barnholtz, together with chairman Mark Amin and three others, started Trimark — then known as Vidmark — in 1983 for $270,000. The former concert promoter remains the company’s third-largest individual shareholder.

“I have been extraordinarily blessed in helping build Trimark into one of the largest independent film companies,” Barnholtz said. “After 13 years of acquiring films for the company, I’m ready to move into new ventures, including production.”

Barnholtz was responsible for the acquisition of a number of successful titles for Trimark’s theatrical, international and homevideo divisions, including “La Femme Nikita,” “Longtime Companion,” “The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover,” “Swimming With Sharks,” “Warlock” and “Leprechaun.”

With Barnholtz’s departure, acquisitions will be handled by Ray Price, senior VP of theatrical distribution; Bobby Rock, VP of acquisitions; and Amin.

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