Phoenix ups Fischer, Smith

Duo named director of development, senior publicist

Two alumni of the ersatz Medavoy Graduate School of Filmmaking have been promoted at Sony-based Phoenix Pictures.

Former Medavoy assistants Brad Fischer and Ian Smith will be upped at the company, Medavoy announced Monday.

Fischer will become Phoenix’s director of development and Smith its senior publicist, effective immediately.

Prior to joining Phoenix as Medavoy’s executive assistant, Fischer worked at Buena Vista Pictures Distribution and as an interviewer for Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Visual History Foundation.

Smith previously served as a Medavoy assistant and then moved to junior publicist in 1997, assisting in the planning of publicity campaigns for pics “U Turn” “Apt Pupil,” “The Thin Red Line” and “Dick.”

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