Par Classics makes exec acquisitions

Co. taps pair as Sundance looms

Just before the curtain goes up on the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, Paramount Classics has cemented two acquisitions and marketing hires.

Susan Wrubel has joined Par Classics as VP of acquisitions and co-productions, and Gretchen Stresemann has been hired as director of marketing. Both execs will report to Par Classics co-prexies Ruth Vitale and David Dinerstein.

Wrubel will handle the day-to-day responsibilities of acquisitions and co-productions. She was most recently an exec at the Global Film Initiative, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to fostering film and filmmakers from the developing world. There, she was responsible for all film acquisitions for the foundation’s Global Lens film series, overseeing the filmmaker grants program, as well as its distribution and education programs.

Wrubel started at October Films in 1993 handling sales, marketing, advertising and publicity on such films as “Ruby in Paradise,” “The War Room,” “Kika,” “Killing Zoe” and “The Last Seduction.” In 1995, she moved to Cinepix Film Properties (now Lions Gate Releasing) before joining New Yorker Films as VP of acquisitions and theatrical distribution working with filmmakers such as Claude Chabrol, Carlos Saura, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Werner Herzog, Claire Denis, Krzystof Kieslowski and Abbas Kiarostami. After ankling New Yorker, Wrubel joined Madstone Films as VP of acquisitions.

Stresemann joins Par Classics from New Line Cinema. In her new capacity, she will oversee creative advertising campaigns for the autonomous specialized division of Paramount Pictures.

Par Classics will soon be releasing Mike Hodges’ noir thriller “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead”; “The United States of Leland,” written and directed by Matthew Ryan Hoge; Paul McGuigan’s “The Reckoning”; and David Mackenzie’s “Asylum.”

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