Former House of Blues pres. to manage firm

Film finance firm Grosvenor Park has tapped Joseph C. Kaczorowski as partner and David Alper as principal and chief operating officer.

Kaczorowski, who most recently served as prexy of House of Blues Entertainment, will be responsible for day-to-day management of the company. Alper, who joins Grosvenor Park after managing Relativity Media’s single-picture film equity financing and production biz, will oversee single-picture financing. They will join the firm’s management committee.

Latest hires bolster the Los Angeles-based firm as it prepares to expand its finance offerings. Grosvenor Park, which offers presale, gap and tax financing, recently provided complete financing for Ed Zwick’s “Defiance,” a fall pic for Paramount Vantage, and Lionsgate’s upcoming “Disaster Movie.” Headed by chair Don Starr, it has funded more than 40 single-picture deals for a total of $300 million since moving its headquarters to Los Angeles two years ago.

Partner Daniel Taylor, who recently relocated to Los Angeles from Grosvenor Park’s London office, is responsible for tax incentive and debt financing.

Kaczorowski oversaw the expansion of the House of Blues’ nightclub and music promotion biz into the brand arena. Previously, he was senior VP and chief financial officer of the Cannell Studios.

Alper oversaw Relativity’s single-picture film equity financing and production biz, which fostered “3:10 to Yuma,” “The Bank Job,” “The Forbidden Kingdom” and “Brothers.”  Previously, he spent five years as CEO and co-managing partner at Escape Artists, served as co-head of business affairs at New Line Cinema and was the top biz exec at Lorimar Motion Pictures and Universal Pictures.

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