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Hill heads west

Longtime indie publicist shuttering PR house

Longtime New York film publicist Jeff Hill will leave Gotham at the end of the year, shuttering his firm Intl. House of Publicity and moving to Southern California.

A fixture of the Gotham indie biz for more than 20 years, Hill plans to work as a unit publicist as well as attend his usual round of film festivals and consult with personal and corporate clients.

Since opening IHOP in 2002, Hill has worked on a string of notable pics, including “Precious,” “Lost in Translation” and “Far From Heaven.” Regular clients have included Sony Pictures Classics, Focus Features and Magnolia Pictures.

Hill is currently the only publicist at IHOP since the departure of Jessica Uzzan over the summer.

Prior to launching IHOP, he was co-founder of indie film PR firm Falco Ink; before that he spent more than a decade at Clein Feldman White. Films on which he worked include “Boys Don’t Cry,” “Being John Malkovich,” “Dirty Dancing” and “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.”

Hill pointed to the increasing instability of the indie film biz as one reason for his decision, noting that as many indie companies and specialty divisions shuttered, members of the displaced workforce went on to start their own businesses — many of them PR houses.

“The main reason came with the recession, and the fact that all my clients became my competitors,” Hill said.

Hill, who made his decision over the summer, will move west in mid-December.

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