Acquisitions director moves from Magnolia
After a three-year stint at Magnolia Pictures, Ben Stambler has joined ThinkFilm as director of acquisitions.Based in Gotham, he will report to U.S. theatrical head Mark Urman and senior veep of acquisitions and business affairs Randy Manis. Think also upped Michael Baker to VP of acquisitions and David Laub to manager of acquisitions. “As our company elevates to the next level, it is crucial to fortify the ranks with smart and aggressive executives,” Manis said. “Stambler’s background and training — and the fact that he doesn’t own a suit — make him a perfect fit for us as we begin to acquire bigger films and to co-finance and produce a portion of our slate.” At Magnolia, Stambler helped acquire dozens of titles, including “The Signal,” “The Host” and “Jesus Camp.” He produced Aaron Katz’s second feature, “Quiet City.” Baker, who’s been with Think for five years, helped acquire titles including “Farce of the Penguins” and “In the Shadow of the Moon.” Laub, who has been Urman’s assistant, played a key role in landing “Avenue Montaigne,” which has grossed nearly $600,000 in about six weeks of limited release.