Phung named SPWA acquisitions VP

Appointment comes in time for Sundance Film Festival

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions is gearing up for Park City with the addition of VP of acquisitions Chan Phung, who joins at a busy time for the specialty label that’s picked up film rights at each of the major festivals since last year’s Sundance Film Fest.

In her new position, the former director of worldwide acquisitions at Universal will contribute to SPWA’s role in providing content for all of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s distribution channels, including theatrical, home entertainment, TV and digital. She reports to senior VP Joe Matukewicz, who announced the hire.

“Chan brings to the group an incredible knowledge of the industry, with experience in both domestic and international acquisitions,” Matukewicz said.

SPWA is coming off a busy year, having acquired Frank Langella starrer “Robot & Frank” at Sundance, where it also screened “The Raid.” The company also made a splash at the Berlin market, with an aggressive move to acquire most international rights to Mark Wahlberg-Denzel Washington pic “2 Guns,” which Universal will release Stateside this summer.

At Universal, Phung served as executive director of worldwide acquisitions, and was most recently involved in the studio’s acquisitions of Martin Scorsese’s “Wolf of Wall Street” and Jon Turteltaub’s “Last Vegas.”

SPWA has been aggressively buying filmmaker-driven titles for the international marketplace, having picked up foreign rights on films such as Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska,” David O. Russell’s untitled Abscam project, Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher,” Spike Jonze’s “Her,” and most recently, Lynne Ramsay’s “Jane Got a Gun,” which stars Natalie Portman and Michael Fassbender.

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