Peckos preps starts shingle

Mitropoulos open for biz

Veteran distribution exec MJ Peckos has ankled Tartan Films after two years to launch indie distrib shingle Mitropoulos Films.

Peckos is a onetime prexy of First Look Pictures who left in 2003 to form Dada Films with fellow First Look exec Bob Myerson.

In 2004, Tartan USA — the Stateside arm of British indie Tartan Films — entered a three-way alliance for U.S. distribution with Dada and David Schultz’s Vitagraph imprint.

While at Tartan, Peckos worked on releases for such pics as “Old Boy,” “Mysterious Skin” and “Anatomy of Hell.”

Exec also helped to foster Tartan’s Asia Extreme line of DVDs. Tartan recently pacted with homevid label Genius Products to release its DVD library domestically.

Peckos will continue to work with Tartan for the next several months to oversee releases of “Lady Vengeance,” “The Death of Mr. Lazarescu,” “Hidden Blade” and “In My Father’s Den.”

“The distribution business is changing at its core,” said Peckos of her move. “Niche product will require new venues and marketing strategies. We hope to become a destination for (filmmakers) to turn to in finding an enthusiastic audience.”

At First Look, Peckos worked with such pics as “Antonia’s Line” and “Mrs. Dalloway.”

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