Prexy sez 'sales team has outperformed our expectations'

Basking in the runaway success of “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me,” distrib New Line Cinema has upped a whopping eight district managers to VP posts.

Alan Christian, Maureen Dougherty, Michelle Gurland, Del Rosa, Beth Scheffres, Steve Schoenburg, Mike Simon and Marjorie Stanfield will now oversee distribution in their respective regions.

“It gives me great pleasure to be able to recognize the contributions of eight people who are so integral to New Line’s success,” said Al Shapiro, prexy of domestic theatrical distribution. “These last two years, our sales team has outperformed our expectations.”

Prior to joining New Line in 1996, Christian was a sales rep for R.S. Films, Orion and Paramount. He’s also worked as a division manager for Vestron Pictures. Dougherty has been with New Line for more than 10 years, starting as a booker before rising to assistant division manager in 1989.

Gurland’s stint with New Line began in 1991 as an administrative assistant before eventually working her way up to the company’s district manager of its Eastern division. Del Rosa came to New Line in 1994 as a film booker. He’s also worked at Orion Pictures, Paramount and Universal.

Getting her New Line start in 1989 as an assistant cashier, Scheffres rose to district manager by 1995. Schoenburg has been a district manager for the company for more than 4 years, working previously in TV production. Simon’s managed New Line sales for both its Denver and Seattle territories. And before joining New Line in 1991, Stanfield worked 19 years at 20th Century Fox.

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