Burlage bounces back to Trimark

Live chair returns to 'Bayou' makers

Former Live Entertainment chairman Roger Burlage has returned to Trimark, a company he once ran, as a member of its board of directors, it was announced Monday.

In addition to the traditional role of strategic adviser, Burlage is expected to help identify assets for potential acquisition.

“I want to keep building the company,” Trimark chairman Mark Amin said. “Having someone of Roger’s experience to help us find and evaluate assets is helpful.”

Over the past year, Trimark has kicked the tires on a handful of film libraries and was one of several bidders for the Epic Film library that Polygram eventually won.

“I know Trimark very well and have enjoyed a good working relationship with Mark,” said Burlage, who spent four years as Trimark president and CEO before going to Live in late 1993. “I believe the company is in one of the best positions to take advantage of the current opportunities in the marketplace.”

Burlage recently teamed with Elaine Hastings Edell to form Burlage/Edell Prods. a theatrical and TV production company. The outfit, which set up shop in West L.A., currently is looking for projects to develop.

Amin said he saw no conflict of interest between Trimark and Burlage’s production activities.

As CEO and chairman of Live, Burlage presided over the company’s financial recovery and expansion into feature film production and distribution.

He exited Live when his contract expired last month. However, his influence there had waned since August, when Bain Capital acquired the company and installed a new management team.

During his stint at Trimark (formerly Vidmark), the company saw a 50% increase in sales. Before joining Vidmark, Burlage was president and chief operating officer of New World Entertainment.

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