'Derailed' to be first Weinstein DVD release March 21

HOLLYWOOD — Beefing up its ranks following its distribution pact with the Weinstein Co., Genius Products has named John Mueller chief financial officer.

Mueller has “many years of experience in the filmed entertainment industry and has been instrumental in the growth of many leading entertainment companies, including Polygram and MGM,” Genius chair Stephen Bannon said.

Genius also recently brought in former Warner Home Video president Jim Cardwell as a consultant.

Mueller most recently served as senior VP of media and entertainment investment banking at Jefferies & Co., New York. He also worked at Credit Suisse First Boston in New York and SG Cowen in Los Angeles.

Genius’ first Weinstein DVD release is “Derailed” on March 21.

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