Bowles distrib’n prez for Shooting Gallery

Ex-Goldwyn arthouse exec brings sound instincts to Gallery

NEW YORK — As expected, veteran arthouse exec Eamonn Bowles has joined the Shooting Gallery as president of TSG Pictures, the indie production company’s new distribution arm.

In his new position, Bowles will be based at the company’s New York headquarters and will be responsible for overseeing all Shooting Gallery releases, which will be distributed through Live Entertainment’s network.

Bowles most recently served as a consultant for October Films. He resigned from Miramax Films in April after a year as senior VP of acquisitions and marketing. Before that, Bowles served as chief operating officer of Shining Excalibur, the independent label that Miramax co-chairmen Bob and Harvey Weinstein formed to release the NC 17-rated “Kids.”

While he was head of distribution at the Samuel Goldwyn Co., Bowles was responsible for the release of such films as “The Wedding Banquet,” “Much Ado About Nothing,” “Eat Drink Man Woman” and “The Madness of King George.”

“I’m excited to come on board the Shooting Gallery team,” Bowles said. “I’ve always been impressed with their approach, giving creative freedom with a smart fiscal backdrop. I look forward to helping build a major East Coast film power.”

Commented Shooting Gallery CEO Larry Meistrich: “We are thrilled to have someone of Eamonn’s caliber and experience join the company. It is a difficult endeavor to enter the domestic distribution arena, and it certainly helps to have the most qualified person on your team.”

Best known for producing Billy Bob Thornton’s “Sling Blade,” the Shooting Gallery will release Bob Gosse’s “Niagara, Niagara” starring Robin Tunney and Henry Thomas, “Illtown” starring Michael Rapaport and Lili Taylor and Nancy Savoca’s “24-Hour Woman” starring Rosie Perez and Marianne Jean-Baptiste.