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Execs shuffled in Cowboy redo

Gotham-based distrib gets branded with new handle

Gotham-based distrib Cowboy Booking Intl. will now be known officially as Cowboy Pictures. Company partners John Vanco and Noah Cowan have also made several key personnel changes and planned a move to new offices.

“As our company has grown, we have intensified our focus on domestic distribution of high-quality art films and documentaries,” said Vanco. “It was confusing to have the name emphasize our international booking activities. Our new name indicates our resolve to continue as an active and growing player in North American theatrical distribution.”

New positions

Staffing changes include the promotion of two employees and a hiring. Kenneth Keating, business manager at Cowboy for the last year, has been upped to VP of operations. He will oversee all financial and personnel issues for the company and supervise day-to-day operations.

Vicky Harstad has been promoted to manager of special projects, and will be working with Vanco and Cowan on festivals, events and new business initiatives.

Julie Fontaine, formerly of Goldheart Pictures, has been brought in as director of publicity and promotions. In addition, she will supervise all publicity for the Screening Room, a TriBeCa cinema programmed by Cowboy.

Vanco and Cowan have also closed a deal that will relocate the company from its existing location in the Flat Iron district to a larger space in the same building as the Screening Room. Move is planned for late September.

News comes on the heels of Thursday’s pickup of Shohei Imamura’s “Warm Water Under a Red Bridge” by Code Red, the acquisitions label jointly owned by Cowboy and Antidote Films. Deal secures the company three selections at both the Toronto and New York film festivals, where the pic will screen alongside Lucretia Martel’s “La Cienaga” and Catherine Breillat’s “Fat Girl,” two other recent acquisitions.

Recent Cowboy releases include Aviva Kempner’s documentary “The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg,” Jem Cohen and Pete Sillen’s “Benjamin Smoke” and David Gordon Green’s “George Washington.”

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