Former Miramax exec named director of Redford's nonprofit
Sundance Film Festival, Feature Film Program, Documentary Film Program, Film Music Program, Theater Program and Native & Indigenous Program. Heads of those programs, such as festival director John Cooper and feature film’s Michelle Satter, will report to Putnam. She’s also charged with developing strategic partnerships with foundations and corporate sponsors, as well as growing the institute’s annual operating budget, according to a statement announcing her appointment. Putnam said, “Sundance is truly unique not only for its mission but for its entire culture, brand and influence. This is an incredible opportunity for me personally, and there is also tremendous potential for all of us — staff, trustees, alumni and friends alike — to explore new opportunities and expand on our global reputation.” At Miramax, the specialty label shuttered by Disney late last year, Putnam oversaw productions including “Doubt,” “Adventureland” and “Gone Baby Gone”; acquisition title “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”; and co-productions “No Country for Old Men” and “There Will Be Blood.” Prior to joining Miramax in 2006, Putnam was exec VP of HBO Films, where she developed and produced films for release on the cabler as well as theatrically. Among the projects she shepherded at HBO were Gus van Sant’s Palme d’Or winner “Elephant,” and Emmy winners such as “Warm Springs,” “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers” and “Empire Falls.” Founded by Redford in 1981, the Sundance Institute is a nonprofit that produces the annual Sundance fest and fosters film and theater talent. Among the projects Sundance has supported over the years are theater production “Spring Awakening,” docu “Trouble the Water” and other films such as “Boys Don’t Cry” and “Sin nombre.”
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