Trio upped at Artisan

Cohen, Forby, Campbell given VP roles

Artisan Entertainment has given Rachel Cohen, Leilani Forby and Paul Campbell vice president stripes.

Cohen will serve as veep of acquisitions and production for Artisan Pictures, Forby takes the title veep of acquisitions for Artisan Pictures, and Campbell becomes veep of field publicity and promotion for Artisan Releasing.

Cohen and Forby will report directly to Artisan prexy Amir Malin, while Campbell reports to Amorette Jones, senior veep of theatrical marketing.

Earlier this year, Cohen and Forby were part of the team of Artisan executives who encouraged Malin to acquire “The Blair Witch Project” at Sundance.

Malin said: “The banner year we are enjoying is attributable to a great extent to the talented people we have been able to attract at Artisan. These three executives are truly dedicated to their crafts, and we look forward to a long and prosperous relationship with them.”

Campbell joined Artisan as director, field operations, in January 1998. During his tenure, he has overseen field activities for numerous Artisan movies, including “Blair Witch,” “Buena Vista Social Club,” “The Limey,” “Black Mask” and “Felicia’s Journey.”

Prior to joining Artisan, Campbell served as account executive as Allied Advertising and corporate sales director at Cellar Door.

Cohen joined Artisan in 1998 as director of acquisitions and production. Besides “Witch,” she was instrumental in acquiring “Felicia’s Journey” and “My Name Is Joe.” Currently, she is overseeing the comedic thriller “Novocaine.” Cohen had been a story editor at Mandalay Entertainment and worked for WNET on the series “Great Performances.”

Forby started as an intern at Live Entertainment in 1994 and has moved up through the ranks, both at Live and at Artisan, which acquired Live.

Outside of her role in the “Blair Witch” acquisition, Forby has championed such films as “The Cruise,” “Black Mask” and “My Name Is Joe.”

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