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October taps Foster exec

Shuffle is latest in exec revamp

October Films has named Kerry Foster to be director of creative affairs, based in Los Angeles.

Foster, a former assistant at CAA, will track scripts and new material for both acquisition and production for the aggressive indie.

She will work for both October and its genre division, Rogue Pictures, reporting equally to Susan Glatzer, October veep of acquisitions and production, and Matt Wall, Rogue veep of acquisitions and production.

The appointment rounds out a number of exec shuffles at October, which is 51% owned by Universal Pictures. The company gave Glatzer the new title of vice president of acquisitions and production on July 7. She was previously vice president of acquisitions. October also upped New York-based execs Peter Kalmbach and Amanda Klein at that time.

Over the past year, Glatzer and Wall have been assembling a team to boost October’s presence in Los Angeles, and enhance the New York indie’s relationship with West Coast agencies and production companies.

Foster reported to CAA vet David O’Connor during her time at the agency. “We had worked with Kerry at CAA where she made many valuable contributions and we’re delighted to have her considerable talents at October,” October co-president John Schmidt said.

October has experienced a dramatic past few months. At the beginning of July, under pressure from U, it decided to drop Todd Solondz’s lurid and provocative “Happiness” from its release slate.

And it still faces a marketing challenge with “Orgazmo,” a porn spoof from “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Not only might that pic receive an NC-17 rating, but U’s Parker/Stone starrer “BASEketball” stalled at the box office.

October’s upcoming releases are “The Best Man,” “The Naked Man” and the Merchant-Ivory pic “A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries.”

Rogue’s first pic, the comedy “G’s Trippin’,” is in post-production.

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