Sony Classics ups Leiner

Exec tapped senior VP of acquisitions, production

PARK CITY, Utah — Sony Pictures Classics has upped Dylan Leiner to senior veep of acquisitions and production.

“Dylan has been an important part of the Sony Pictures Classics family,” SPC co-presidents Marcie Bloom, Tom Bernard and Michael Barker said in a statement. “He has contributed in a way that has made him an invaluable part of the team.”

“Part of what makes working at SPC so gratifying is that my job does not end with the acquisition of a picture,” Leiner said. “With each acquisition, the filmmakers and I are able to stay closely in touch through the release. Most people are not lucky enough to have a mentor in this business, I have three.”

Leiner began his tenure with SPC in 1994, supervising the restoration of the works of Indian film legend Satyajit Ray with Merchant Ivory and the Academy Film Archives. He has served as head of acquisitions since 1997.

Leiner has been integrally involved with many SPC acquisitions, including “Run Lola Run,” “The Dreamlife of Angels,” “The Spanish Prisoner,” “East West” and “All About My Mother,” recently awarded the Golden Globe for best foreign-language film.

SPC made the first acquisition of Sundance with “Groove.”

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