Film Society of Lincoln Center Confirms Lesli Klainberg as New Head

Eugene Hernanzdez also promoted to newly created deputy director role.

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Lesli Klainberg has been appointed executive director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the arts non-profit announced on Friday. Eugene Hernandez, the org’s longtime director of digital strategy, has been promoted to the newly created position of deputy director.

The announcement confirms months of speculation that Klainberg, who was appointed interim executive director in December (following the departure of Rose Kuo), had all but secured the top post.

“It is especially gratifying to us to select the Film Society’s new leadership team from within our own ranks,” noted FSLC board chairman Ann Tenenbaum in a press release. “Lesli has a deep appreciation of our mission and we are confident that, together with Eugene, she will build on the success we have realized in recent years.”

In his new role, Hernandez will be responsible for overseeing all FSLC strategy and operations, including industry relations, educational programs, and administrative duties for the org’s year-round venues, the Walter Reade Theater and Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center.

Michael Gibbons, formerly manager of digital strategy, will move up to fill Hernandez’s vacated post, now retitled director of digital platforms.

Klainberg, who hails from a background in documentary film production and was previously executive director of NewFest, becomes only the fifth FSLC honcho in the org’s six-decade history, following Joanne Koch (who held the position for 32 years), Claudia Bonn, Mara Manus and Kuo.