Peter Kujawski
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United States
2021

Focus Features

Peter
Kujawski

Chairman

Under Kujawski, Focus Features released more films theatrically during pandemic-ravaged 2020 than other specialty distributor, among them the feminist revenge drama “Promising Young Woman,” notable as the year’s highest-grossing Oscar nominee for best picture. He positioned five films for awards contention with fall 2021 releases — including Paul Schrader’s “The Card Counter,” Edgar Wright’s “Last Night in Soho” and Kenneth Branagh’s “Belfast” — and assembled a 2022 slate featuring “Downton Abbey: A New Era,” Robert Eggers’ Viking saga “The Northman,” A.V. Rockwell’s debut film “A Thousand and One,” Graham Moore’s “The Outfit” and Agnieszka Smoczynska’s “Silent Twins.” Kujawski joined Focus when it formed in 2002 and held several positions at parent company Universal before moving to be Focus chairman in 2016.

Career

  • THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
  • BLACKKKLANSMAN
  • EMMA.

Education

  • Columbia University (NY, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
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Focus Features Unveils 20th Anniversary Reel, Commemorative Swag Bag

Focus Features Unveils 20th Anniversary Reel, Commemorative Swag Bag

Focus Features has lined up an emotional tribute reel and some primo swag to celebrate its 20 years of prestige indie filmmaking.The Comcast-owned unit run by Peter Kujawski released a heart-tugging compilation featuring its most celebrated movies --including the Oscar-nominated "Brokeback Mountain," "Promising Young Woman," "Lost in Translation," "Milk," "The Kids Are All Right," "Phantom Thread" and this year's contender "Belfast." In its lifetime, Focus has stacked 143 Academy Award nominations and netted 26 wins. Fourteen of those noms have...

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