IFC Films, under AMC Networks, has strategically strengthened its leadership roster with significant new hires and promotions. This pivotal move comes following a string of departures earlier in the year, marking a new phase for the film group.
- Nicole Weis, formerly VP of sales and distribution at A24, has taken the role of VP of Distribution. Nicole will oversee the theatrical rollout for IFC’s dynamic film slate. Her notable achievements at A24 include sales for acclaimed films like “Everything Everywhere All At Once,” “The Whale,” “Minari,” and “Uncut Gems.” Furthermore, she boasts an impressive resume having worked on blockbusters at Universal Pictures and Focus Features such as “Jurassic World,” and the “Fast and Furious” series. Nicole will directly report to Scott Shooman, the recently instated head of AMC Network’s film group. Visit A24 for more on her former role.
- Judy Woloshen, previously with AMC Networks, has been appointed VP of Public Relations. She will be responsible for national publicity efforts spanning across IFC Films, RLJE Films, and Shudder. Judy’s rich experience in the industry is evident from her past endeavors, like her role at Focus Features where she led theatrical and awards campaigns for hits such as “BlackKklansman” and “The Theory of Everything.” Reporting for duty under Olivia Dupuis, senior VP of public relations, her deep industry expertise is set to make waves.
Recognizing Internal Talent: Key Promotions
Amidst the new inclusions, several internal promotions have been rolled out, underlining the immense talent present within the company:
- Matt Landers has been elevated to senior VP of Marketing at IFC Films, reporting directly to Kim Granito, AMC Networks’ head of marketing.
- Danielle Freiberg has been named VP of Festivals and Publicity, with Olivia Dupuis as her direct superior.
- Adam Koehler has ascended to the role of Director of Acquisitions, with Scott Shooman overseeing his role.
- Jamie Righetti has been promoted to Director of Marketing, reporting to Matt Landers.
- Lastly, Tatiana Faris will manage distribution operations as the new Manager of Distribution, under the guidance of Nicole Weis.
Looking Ahead: Steering Through Transformation
Commenting on the recent changes, Scott Shooman expressed, “Nicole and Judy are uniquely talented and bring a depth of industry knowledge and experience, along with a deep passion for the art of filmmaking and storytelling, to our team.” He emphasized the value of their expertise in the current industry’s transformative phase.
Further, Shooman expressed gratitude for the opportunity to work alongside the exceptional team at IFC Films. Recognizing the contributions of Matt, Danielle, Adam, Jamie, and Tatiana, he stated, “It’s well-deserved recognition for a group who has contributed so much to the success of the brand over many years and will continue to curate and support an exciting lineup of titles across our three brands.”
Past Challenges and Forward Momentum
In the preceding months, IFC Films witnessed significant departures, including the exit of President Arianna Bocco after nearly two decades. Additional departures included senior publicist Kate McEdwards and director of sales Jasper Basch. This series of events posed challenges for the brand. However, with strategic hires and recognizing internal talent, IFC Films is poised to steer ahead and optimize its unique position in the cinematic marketplace.
Adding to its catalog, IFC’s recent film rollouts include titles like “Skinamarink,” “Rare Objects,” directed by Katie Holmes, and the comedic drama “BlackBerry.” With the bolstered team in place, the film group is set to usher in a new era of storytelling and cinematic experiences for its audience.