Creative director ankles after six editions

Peter Scarlet is ankling as creative director of the Tribeca Film Festival on the eve of its eighth edition and his seventh.

The move, announced in a concise press release Friday morning, is effective immediately. It follows news in February that ex-Sundance guru Geoffrey Gilmore will join Tribeca Enterprises this month as a top exec with some oversight of the fest.

Tribeca reps insist the timing is coincidental and that Scarlet’s departure relates more to shifts in programming philosophy. Scarlet characterized his exit as a simple case of wanting to move on.

“The term ‘seven-year itch’ always evokes that famous still of Marilyn Monroe,” Scarlet said. “But as my seventh Tribeca Film Festival loomed, I realized simply that it’s time for me to seek new challenges.”

Programming duties will be handled by exec director Nancy Schafer and the core team of David Kwok and Genna Terranova. Fest reps said it was unclear whether anyone would be given Scarlet’s role or the existing programming group just would be reorganized.

“The finishing touches are being put on our program, and I am truly thrilled with the slate our programming team has put together,” co-founder Jane Rosenthal said.

“We are grateful to Peter for his leadership, his knowledge and his contributions.”

The feature lineup for the fest, which runs April 22-May 3, will be announced in the coming days.

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