Sony Pictures Entertainment announced today that Clint Culpepper (photo below with Jane Campion) has extended his contract and will continue to oversee the studio’s Screen Gems label through 2012. The once dormant label was rekindled by Culpepper in 1998 and has since provided Sony with a diverse slate of moderately budgeted motion pictures that includes films for horror fans, African-American and urban audiences, thrillers, comedies and action movies. The titles include First Sunday, Untraceable, This Christmas, Stomp the Yard, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Vacancy, Mothman Prophecies, Arlington Road, When a Stranger Calls, and You Got Served. The label has also two franchises with the Resident Evil and Underworld series of films. “From Day One, Clint’s vision for Screen Gems was to offer opportunities to emerging filmmakers and creative voices with very distinctive stories to tell,” said SPE co-chairman Amy Pascal. “There are very few executives in our industry who truly understand the genre and niche market as thoroughly. Clint’s grasp of this business and how these movies play in communities large and small has been vital to our continued success.” Chairman Michael Lynton echoed: “Screen Gems has flourished and grown under Clint’s leadership and we couldn’t ask for a better executive to run this label.” The Screen Gems label was first incorporated in 1948 to serve as the television subsidiary of Columbia Pictures. Eventually in 1974, Screen Gems became Columbia Pictures Television.
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