Thompson parks in Lot 47 VP spot

Indie pic vet to help position upcoming releases

NEW YORK — Gotham-based Lot 47 Films has tapped Bill Thompson for the newly created position of vice president and general sales manager.

Thompson will help position Lot 47’s upcoming releases — Michael Cuesta’s “L.I.E.,” Gary Burns’ “waydowntown”and Laurent Firode’s “Happenstance.”

Thompson began his 25-year career as a salesman in Fox’s Washington, D.C., branch. He subsequently moved to Gotham and worked in film sales and as a film buyer for various companies, including RKO Theaters, Walter Reade Theaters, Cineplex Odeon Theaters and City Cinemas.

Thompson returned to distribution in 1994 as veep of Gramercy Pictures and then USA Films. He was involved with the distribution of such pics as “The Usual Suspects,” “Being John Malkovich” and “Traffic.”

Apart from his distribution responsibilities at Lot 47, Thompson will continue as a lecturer at New York U.

“I’ve dealt with Bill from across the table for over two decades and he remains one of the brightest and most incisive industry executives I’ve ever met,” said Lot 47 prexy Jeff Lipsky. “His wealth of experience is a perfect complement to the growing talent pool at Lot 47.”

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