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USA ups exex in acquisitions, co-productions

In a move to expand and consolidate its acquisitions and co-production departments, USA Films senior veep Steven Raphael has relocated to Gotham from Los Angeles, while Peter Kalmbach and Amanda Klein have both been promoted to veeps of acquisitions and co-productions.

All three will report to prexy of production Donna Gigliotti.

USA is further bolstering its department by promoting Seth Nagel to director of theatrical and ancillary acquisitions, Neal Ramer to manager of acquisitions and co-productions, and Jack Turner to manager of acquisitions and co-productions. Nagel, Ramer and Turner report to Raphael.

‘Right’ on

“Truly, these are the right people in the right positions at the right time,” said USA Films chairman Scott Greenstein.

USA Films prexy Russell Schwartz added, “I am particularly pleased with the blending of the acquisitions groups into this terrific young unified team.”

Raphael’s first acquisition for USA Films was Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne’s “Rosetta,” the winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1999 Cannes Intl. Film Festival. He previously served the dual functions of veep of publicity and acquisitions at Gramercy Pictures.

October harvest

During Kalmbach’s four years with October Films, he was involved with such pics as Tony Bui’s “Three Seasons” and Anand Tucker’s “Hilary and Jackie.” On the acquisitions side, he was instrumental in October buying Robert Duvall’s “The Apostle,” David Lynch’s “Lost Highway” and Thomas Vinterberg’s “The Celebration.”

During her two years at October, Klein played a key role in the company’s acquisition of the Academy Award-winning doc “The Last Days” and Lisa Cholodenko’s “High Art,” among other films. Prior to joining October, she worked as acquisitions coordinator at Miramax Films, tracking screenplays as potential acquisitions.

USA Films’ “Where the Money Is,” directed by Marek Kanievska and starring Paul Newman, Linda Fiorentino and Dermot Mulroney, opens Friday.

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