The Locarno Film Festival will fete U.S. producer David Linde with its Raimondo Rezzonico prize, given to a producer who epitomizes the indie ethos.Linde’s long illustrious career dates back to his first major executive position at Miramax Films and Miramax Films International, where he oversaw the acquisition of several internationally renowned pics such as Peter Jackson's “Heavenly Creatures,” Woody Allen's “Bullets over Broadway,” and international distribution for Quentin Tarantino’s” Pulp Fiction,” among other titles.After Miramax, Linde became partner of production...
A highly experienced and well-regarded expert in global cinema and sales, he has an extensive background in production, global distribution and building multiple companies from the ground up.
Before joining Participant as CEO in 2015, Linde, who’s responsible for leading the company’s overall strategy, day-to-day operations, content creation, advocacy, strategic investments and acquisitions, led Lava Bear Films, a production and financing company he founded with the support of Reliance Entertainment. Prior to Lava, Linde served as chairman of Universal, where he successfully championed a broad outlook regarding international productions, animation and family entertainment, and distribution.
Before that, Linde ran acclaimed specialty film studio Focus Features and its genre division, Rogue Pictures, both of which were formed from Universal’s acquisition of independent production company Good Machine, of which he was a partner.
During his tenure at Focus, Linde and co-president James Schamus oversaw a diverse slate that scored 53 Oscar nominations and 11 Academy Awards. Linde cut his teeth at Miramax and led the acquisition of Peter Jackson’s “Heavenly Creatures,” Woody Allen’s “Bullets Over Broadway,” and Chen Kaige’s “Farewell My Concubine,” as well as the international distribution of Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction,” Wes Craven’s “Scream,” and Anthony Minghella’s multi-Academy Award-winning “The English Patient.” Recent projects include “Neruda” and “A Monster Calls.”