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Palm taps Koh

Exec to top vid/film/Web buys and prod'n

Palm Pictures has appointed David Koh head of acquisitions and co-productions for the company’s theatrical and DVD/homevideo divisions.

He will also work closely with Sputnik7.com, an entertainment-based Web site supporting independent music, film and culture, also launched by Palm founder Chris Blackwell.

Prior to joining Palm, Koh was an acquisitions and co-production exec at WinStar/Fox Lorber, where he acquired feature films and programming for all of WinStar’s domestic and international labels.

He was involved in the acquisition of such films as “The Source,” “Ponette,” “Lou Reed: Rock & Roll Heart,” “Modulations,” “The Flowers of Shanghai,” “Violent Cop,” “On the Ropes,” “Madadayo,” “Life of Jesus,” “Winter Sleepers” and “Divine Trash.”

Prior to WinStar, Koh was a curator and film programmer at New York’s Anthology Film Archives, where he was responsible for programming retrospectives of and festivals for Hal Hartley, John Waters and Charles Bukowski, among others.

In 1997, with two partners, Koh launched the independent label Arthouse, an online catalog to distribute, sell and issue film, video, book and audio titles from several libraries. Arthouse has released more than 50 titles and represents the work of such artists as Helen Levitt, Hans Richter, Jonas Mekas, Stan Brakhage, Man Ray, Len Lye and Harry Smith.

Koh most recently produced a multimedia exhibition with artist Nam June Paik, produced a photography exhibition with Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and Lou Reed and served as head film programmer and artistic director for the Santa Fe Film Festival.

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