Urman exits Davidson for Cinepix

Exec to fill new president of U.S. distribution post

NEW YORK — Mark Urman has ankled his job as senior vice president of international at PR firm Dennis Davidson Associates to join indie film distributor and producer Cinepix Film Properties in the new post of president of U.S. distribution.

Effective Jan. 1, Urman assumes some of the responsibilities held by CFP senior VP of U.S. distribution Adam Rogers, who is becoming a consultant to the company. Urman will work out of CFP’s New York office. The company also has offices in L.A., Montreal and Toronto.

Known for releasing such arthouse hits as Greg Mottola’s “The Daytrippers” and Peter Greenaway’s “The Pillow Book,” CFP recently was acquired by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. of Vancouver. Lions Gate also owns Peter Guber’s Mandalay Television and North Shore Studios of Canada.

At DDA, Urman helped guide the publicity campaigns for such films as Miramax’s “The Crying Game” and “Like Water for Chocolate,” Fine Line’s “Shine” and “The Sweet Hereafter” and October’s “Secrets & Lies” and “The Apostle.” He also has handled personality publicity for clients such as Liv Tyler and Natasha Richardson.

“Hiring Mark is a real coup for CFP,” CFP corporate exec VP Jeff Sackman said. “Mark has orchestrated some of the independent film world’s most important and successful campaigns. His insight, experience and relationships gives us a resource that will take us to the next level.”

Before joining DDA in 1989, Urman spent nearly six years as vice president of East Coast publicity at Columbia Pictures. From 1982-84, he was head of marketing at Triumph Films, Columbia’s specialized film distribution division created in partnership with French company Gaumont. Urman began his career at United Artists, where he spent several years in international publicity.

At CFP, Urban will be reunited with former DDA account executive Jennifer Morgerman, who joined the distrib in October as director of publicity. CFP’s production division has two films in competition at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival: Saul Rubenik’s “Jerry and Tom” and Vincent Gallo’s “Buffalo 66.”

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