Winikoff upped at Trimark Pics

Production arm will report to new COO

Cami Winikoff has been promoted to the post of chief operating officer at Trimark Pictures. Formerly the company’s executive VP and chief administrative officer, Winikoff will now oversee all operational facets of Trimark Pictures.

Trimark’s production arm will continue to report directly to Winikoff in her new position and she will continue to serve on the board of directors for Trimark subsidiary CinemaNow.com.

Over the last 10 years, Winikoff has overseen all aspects of business, legal affairs, production, post production, servicing and administration at the indie studio. Most recently, she played a key role in re-engineering Trimark’s business plan.

Winikoff joined Trimark in August 1990. In 1991, she was appointed director of production and in 1995 was promoted to VP production. In January 1997, she was appointed as Trimark’s senior veep and was promoted to exec VP and chief administrative officer in September 1997. Before joining Trimark, Winikoff was an independent producer.

“Cami has been a key figure in the continuing success of Trimark,” said Mark Amin, Trimark Pictures’ chairman and CEO. “Her leadership and enthusiasm has kept the company focused on its goals and has enabled us to position a strong team for the future.”

In addition to producing theatrical features, Trimark has expanded into made-for-TV and cable telefilms. Most recently, the company completed “The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn” starring Sidney Poitier, Mary-Louise Parker and Dianne Wiest for CBS. Trimark is partnered with USA Networks to produce “After the Storm,” with Benjamin Bratt, Armand Assante, and Mili Avital. The indie is also working with HBO on two upcoming productions.

Trimark also specializes in producing low-to-moderately budgeted niche and genre features. Among the productions currently slated for release are “Held Up” starring Jamie Foxx and Nia Long, due out May 12; “The St. Francisville Experiment,” a film about a “real” haunted house, in August; “Skipped Parts,” starring Jennifer Jason Leigh and Brad Renfro, and featuring a cameo appearance by Drew Barrymore, which is slated for theatrical release in the fall; and “Rules of Attraction” (formerly “Stalk”), starring Gretchen Mol, Samantha Mathis, Matthew Settle and Tom Everett Scott.

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