AFMA exec VP Kittleson exits

He's credited with building organization

American Film Marketing Assn. executive vice president Tim Kittleson is ankling his post.

Kittleson, who lost the top job to new prexy Mike Frischkorn in a close-run contest last year, has served AFMA for 18 years. As the longtime executive director of the American Film Market he is credited with building it into the world’s largest indie film bazaar.

“I had my own agenda which I would have enacted as president,” said Kittleson. “But the board chose Mike (Frischkorn) for his particular set of talents, and although they wanted us to become a team, I’ve decided to look at other areas.”

He denied that there had been any friction between him and Frischkorn, an industry outsider hired principally for his lobbying abilities and Washington connections.

Kittleson said that he remained undecided about the next step in his career. He said that he was interested in returning to work in Europe in some capacity.

One of Kittleson’s legacies will be completion of a deal to use a second hotel in Santa Monica, the Sebastian, to house exhibitors at next year’s AFM. Construction on the hotel, located on a site next door to the Loews and delayed for many years due to endless legal complications, is at last under way.

His duties at AFMA included managing its television division, liaising with the Independent Producers Assn. and launching AFMA-sponsored minimarkets in Seoul, Buenos Aires, Moscow, Singapore, Istanbul, Bangkok and Budapest.

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