River Road widens

Pohlad's co. adds 3 hires

Bill Pohlad’s River Road Entertainment (“Brokeback Mountain”) is expanding its scope with three key exec hires, including former Sobini Films prexy Robin Schorr, who will serve as head of production.

Veteran producer Frank Hildebrand has been tapped head of physical production, while former Film Finance Corp. Australia exec Deborah Zipser will head up business affairs. River Road also announced that Teodora Kerkeniakova has been appointed director of production and development.

Expansion of the company’s creative and business team will allow River Road to amp up its production capabilities, while continuing to finance projects.

In addition to “Brokeback,” Pohlad — son of Minneapolis billionaire Carl Pohlad — helped finance Robert Altman’s “A Prairie Home Companion” and is in production with Paramount Vantage on “Into the Wild,” directed by Sean Penn.

Pohlad said he is intent on creating an environment that “supports and nurtures distinctive, challenging films and filmmakers.”

River Road’s founding office is in Minneapolis.

At Sobini, Schorr most recently worked on Lionsgate’s “Peaceful Warrior,” and before that, on “The Prince and Me” for Paramount and Lionsgate. Before Sobini, Schorr was head of production for Trimark Films.

Hildebrand, a native of Switzerland, most recently worked on Wes Craven’s “The Hills Have Eyes” for Fox Searchlight. He’s been a freelance producer on a number of pics in various parts of Europe, Asia, Africa, New Zealand and Canada. He’s also worked on feature projects for Miramax, Fox, Sony and New Line.

Zipser served as a senior management manager at Film Finance Corp., spearheading financing for projects including “Death Defying Acts,” “$9.99” and “Jindabyne.”

Next up in theaters for River Road is Picturehouse’s “Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus.”

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