Trimark’s Rock rolls to veepee

Bobby Rock has been promoted to vice president of acquisitions for Trimark Pictures, the company announced Wednesday.

His ascension was expected, following the departure late last year of Trimark co-founder and senior VP Barry Barnholtz. Barnholtz left to form his own production company, Barnholtz Entertainment (Daily Variety, Dec. 13, 1996).

Rock was responsible for two high-profile acquisitions for Trimark last year, “Eve’s Bayou,” starring Samuel L. Jackson, and “Prairie Fire,” starring Natasha Henstridge and Robert Sean Leonard. Both films are scheduled to go into theaters this year.

Rock also assisted senior VP of theatrical distribution Ray Price and Trimark chairman Mark Amin in the acquisition of “Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love,” “Nothing Personal” and “Ripe,” which also are on Trimark’s 1997 slate.

Prior to joining Trimark in August 1995, Rock served as an acquisitions consultant for October Films.

Before that, Rock was senior VP of acquisitions at Triton Pictures, where he was responsible for the acquisitions of documentaries “A Brief History of Time” and “Hearts of Darkness” as well as Patrice Leconte’s comedy-drama “The Hairdresser’s Husband.”

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