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Jon Fitzgerald and Mitch Levine have launched Festival Consulting Group, which aids fests in sponsorship, strategic planning and production services.

Former Warner Bros. acquisitions executive John Halecky and marketing/ fundraising vet Cindy Green will also join the company.

FCG clients include the Toronto Intl. Film Festival Group’s Film Circuit, the IFP/Los Angeles Film Festival, the Sarasota Film Festival, Bahamas Intl. Film Festival and the Global Peace Film Festival.

FCG has developed a subscription-based programming bureau tracking and data service that offers comprehensive information on films in the festival circuit as well as titles that have yet to play. A former special representative to the United Nations, Levine was executive director and CEO of the Palm Springs Intl. Film Festival. He was on the staff of the Juilliard School in New York and studied at the American Film Institute, where he received the first AFI/American Express James Cameron Fellowship in directing. He continues to serve as production director of the IFP/Los Angeles Film Festival.

Fitzgerald was the executive director for the Santa Barbara Intl. Film Festival, fest director for AFI and the exec director and co-founder of the Slamdance Film Festival. He was also VP of programming at IFILM. He will continue to oversee Right Angle Studios, a marketing and distribution company for independent filmmakers.

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