Bloom starts mentor program

Former Sony head offers college fellowship

A Gotham-based mentoring program sponsored by former Sony Pictures Classics co-prexy Marcie Bloom will introduce college students to film distribution and marketing, among other aspects of the movie biz, Bloom announced Friday.

The former Orion Classics and Sony Pictures Classics exec, who has been partially paralyzed since suffering a cerebral hemorrhage in 1996, has created the Marcie Bloom Fellowship in Film. Each year it will help up to four college seniors and recent graduates define their goals in screenwriting, production, distribution, advertising, marketing and publicity.

Participating colleges in the first year are Wesleyan U., Columbia U. and the New School.

Fellows will participate in monthly discussions with movie biz figures, with an eye to securing internships or entry-level positions at New York film companies and organizations.

“I see this as a way of giving back to a community which has been extremely kind and generous to me, and supportive of me for a long time,” Bloom said.

Bloom started her career with the New York Film Festival and went on to work in publicity for Triumph Films and PMK Public Relations before joining Michael Barker and Tom Bernard at Orion Classics.

— Pat Saperstein

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