Following the recent departure of Miramax execs John Logigian and Scott Greenstein, the indie powerhouse has reorganized its business and legal affairs department under its new head, Neil Sacker, who recently relocated to Gotham from the West Coast.
As executive vice president of business and legal affairs, Sacker is responsible for overseeing all operations and personnel within the department, including the execs working in motion picture production, acquisitions, soundtracks and book publishing.
“The Miramax business and legal affairs department under the leadership of Neil Sacker is a solid team of bright, hardworking executives,” Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein said. “Neil, in his former position in our Los Angeles office, worked closely with both Bob (Weinstein) and me on Miramax and Dimension titles and is ideally suited for his new role as head of the department.”
As part of the overhaul, Vicki Cherkas has been upped to senior veepee of business and legal affairs. She is the highest-ranking person in the department after Sacker.
Aside from her motion picture projects, Cherkas will work closely with Harvey Weinstein on special projects relating to Miramax’s brand identity. Cherkas joined Miramax in August 1992 and was previously a veepee of business and legal affairs. During her tenure with the company, she has worked on such projects as “Pulp Fiction,” “Smoke,” “Marvin’s Room” and “Cop Land.”
As previously announced, Andrew Herwitz and Steven Hutensky have been promoted to senior veepees of business and legal affairs.
Replacing Sacker in Los Angeles is Cary Meadows, who holds the position of veepee of business and legal affairs.
Also on the business and legal affairs team:
Brian Burkin, who just re-upped with the company in the position of counsel;
Michael Linnowes, who has just been hired to serve as a junior attorney in the New York office;
Isabelle Begg, who continues to serve as director of business and legal affairs/production in the company’s London office; and
Bob Seidenberg, who continues in the role of counsel.