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First Look taps two

Gruenberg hired for worldwide sales arm

As indie First Look Studios continues to expand operations, the company has hired Andy Gruenberg as executive VP of distribution and Kenneth DuBow as exec VP of worldwide sales.

Gruenberg, who will report to First Look CEO Henry Winterstern, is charged with building the company’s domestic distrib unit, supervising the release of pictures it both produces and acquires. Upcoming releases include John Hillcoat’s “The Proposition,” Nick Mastandrea’s “The Breed” and Larry Clark’s docu “Wassup Rockers.”

DuBow, who reports to both Winterstern and chief operations officer Bill Lischak, will manage U.S. sales, including First Look’s expansion into syndication and international sales.

Last month, First Look acquired film acquisition and distrib DEJ Prods. from Blockbuster Entertainment. First Look Studios was formed earlier this year with the merger of First Look Media and Capital Entertainment.

Most recently, Gruenberg was at MAC Releasing, a distribution shingle he formed in 2002 with industry vets Mike Marcus and Craig Baumgarten.

Before that, Gruenberg was head of distribution at Miramax, where he released such films as “Shakespeare in Love” and “Life Is Beautiful.” He also spent seven years as an exec VP at MGM, supervising the release of such films as “Get Shorty,” “Tomorrow Never Dies” and “Leaving Las Vegas.”

DuBow, formerly senior veep of cable sales at MGM/UA was most recently president and CEO of L.A.-based Modern Entertainment, a licensing subsidiary of Swedish media company, Modern Times Group, where he oversaw the asset sale of 332 titles to Lions Gate, including “Dirty Dancing,” “Conan the Barbarian,” and “Dead Zone.”

“Ken is one of the industry’s foremost experts in global sales,” Winterstern said. “We look to him to drive our international business.”

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