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Gunn shoots to exec VP at Artisan

Barber exit opens door to p'gramming, acquisition post

Artisan Entertainment has upped Patrick Gunn to exec VP. He will report directly to Artisan CEO Amir Malin.

The promotion comes as exec veep of acquisitions and production Jeremy Barber exits Artisan to pursue other opportunities, which he plans to announce shortly.

Gunn’s responsibilities will expand to include leading the company’s theatrical, video and television acquisitions, integrating Artisan’s programming functions with the company’s business affairs department and working with Artisan chief operating officer Ken Schapiro on company initiatives and transactions.

“I am going to reshape Artisan’s whole programming group to a (team-oriented) style,” said Malin, who became the company’s sole CEO when Artisan co-founder Mark Curcio exited the company June 30. “Patrick is possibly the first of more changes to come.”

Gunn first worked with Malin as his intern while Malin was co-president at October Films.

“Clearly, Patrick has demonstrated that he is more than qualified to take on increased responsibilities as the company continues to grow,” Malin said. “He maintains a rare combination in the industry — a wealth of entertainment knowledge paired with a keen business sense along with a knack for uncovering cutting-edge programming.”

Gunn commented, “My experience working with Amir over the past several years has been incredibly rewarding. I am delighted to be associated with such an innovative company and its strong senior management team.”

As Artisan’s senior VP, Gunn was involved in many of Artisan’s most recent deals, including this year’s Sundance acquisition of the current release “Chuck and Buck” and the acquisition of documentary “Startup.com,” which takes a behind- the-scenes look at the development of an Internet company.

Gunn has also been a key part of Artisan and Marvel’s joint venture whereby Artisan will develop and produce programming based on Marvel characters such as Captain America, Thor, Black Panther and Iron Fist for distribution across all media.

Both Malin and Gunn are based in New York.

Prior to joining Artisan, Gunn was VP of acquisitions, production and ancillary distribution at USA Films. He headed up the company’s genre label, Rogue Pictures, and oversaw ancillary television rights for all USA Films product. Prior to that, he was director of business affairs at October Films.

Gunn received an MBA from Indiana U. and a BA from St. Louis U., where he graduated summa cum laude.

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