Karpen has served as president of Focus since 2006 and joined the company in 2003. For the past seven years, he has overseen the global business strategy and will continue to spearhead digital initiatives.
Karpen will continue to report to Schamus, but both men will now run all aspects of Focus, which Schamus co-founded with David Linde in 2002 (Linde now runs Lava Bear Films).
Focus is revving up for Cannes, where the international sales and distribution prexy will be repping Jeremy Renner-toplined “Kill the Messenger” and “Black Sea” starring Jude Law. Other Focus Features International titles include Mike Leigh’s pic about watercolorist J.M.W. Turner and an Amy Winehouse docu directed by Asif Kapadia.
Focus plans to unspool true life dramatic thriller “Kill the Messenger” next year and has animated fantasy pic “The Boxtrolls” in the pipeline.
Focus recently released Ryan Gosling starrer “The Place Beyond the Pines,” and its summer slate includes comedy “The World’s End” and suspense thriller “Closed Circuit.”