Brokeback coproducer named Focus Features CEO

U.S. film company
Focus Features, the art-house division of Universal
Pictures, on Wednesday named company veteran James Schamus
as its sole chief executive officer. It also promoted
two other executives to key posts. The new title for
Schamus, who coproduced the award-winning 2005 film
Brokeback Mountain, follows the recent
promotion of David Linde from cohead of Focus to cochairman
of Universal Pictures, sharing that job with Marc
Shmuger. Previously Schamus and Linde had run Focus

In addition,
Focus named Andrew Karpen as its president and also
copresident of Focus unit Rogue Pictures. Andrew Rona was
named copresident of Rogue Pictures along with Karpen.
Art-house divisions are important to Hollywood's major
studios because they produce and distribute low-budget
films that can be very profitable if successful at the
box office.

Pictures is part of the NBC Universal media division of
General Electric Co. (Reuters)

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