Peter Kujawski
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United States
2020

Focus Features

Peter
Kujawski

Chairman

Since Kujawski took the reins of Focus Features in 2016, it’s been the number one specialty studio in market share four years running, and he refused to let the pandemic slow its momentum in 2020. When “Emma” and Sundance winner “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” were forced to end their theatrical runs in March, he shifted them to PVOD then made a trio of acquisitions via Cannes’ virtual market: Paul Schrader’s “The Card Counter,” James Gray’s “Armageddon Time” and Justin Chon’s “Blue Bayou.” In September, Focus gave Miranda July’s “Kajillionaire” a limited theatrical run following PVOD releases for “The High Note” and Jon Stewart’s “Irresistible” over the summer. Pre-pandemic Focus releases during his tenure include Oscar winners “BlacKkKlansman,” “Darkest Hour” and “The Theory of Everything.”

Career

  • THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
  • BLACKKKLANSMAN
  • EMMA.

Education

  • Columbia University (NY, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
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