HBO Films ups 2 to VP

Martin, Sherwood will report to Putnam

HOLLYWOOD — HBO Films has handed VP stripes to Sam Martin and Jennifer Sherwood.

Duo will report to exec VP Keri Putnam and oversee development and production of original movies for the pay cabler.

Martin is working on an untitled film featuring hip-hop group Outkast. Recently she worked on the minis “Sometimes in April,” “Lackawanna Blues” and “Empire Falls.” Sherwood, whose last project was “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers,” has also worked on “Hysterical Blindness,” “The Laramie Project” and “Wit,” among others.

Martin joined HBO Films in 2000 as a director, prior to which she was a writer and music video director in Gotham. Sherwood was previously at Miramax/Dimension Films.

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