Focus strategy: up exec

Studio lifts Eschenasy to exec VP

Focus Features is upping Avy Eschenasy to exec veep, strategic planning, business affairs and acquisitions.

Move comes after the Universal specialty film arm made some major exec shuffles in Cannes, naming James Schamus as CEO and Andrew Karpen as Focus prexy.

Karpen was also moved into the role of co-prexy, with Andrew Rona, of Focus genre banner Rogue.

Based in Los Angeles, Eschenasy was previously exec VP of biz affairs. He’s been at Focus since its 2002 inception.

He’ll will work more closely with Karpen on strategic planning for all Focus divisions, including oversight of the company’s business plans, financial modeling and growth strategies.

He’ll also have added oversight of the acquisitions department, headed by senior veep Jason Resnick.

“As Focus becomes a truly global company, Avy’s role has grown accordingly, from overseeing individual deals to helping craft the company’s overall strategic mandate,” Schamus said. “This promotion formalizes his contribution to our acquisitions efforts and acknowledges his active participation in the company’s growing long-term plans.”

Eschenasy has participated in dealmaking on such pics as “Brokeback Mountain,” “Lost in Translation,” “The Pianist,” “The Motorcycle Diaries” and “The Constant Gardener.”

Prior to Focus, exec did stints at USA Films and October Films.

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