Oscilloscope Pictures will be buying at the Cannes Film Festival this year despite the death today of company founder Adam Yauch. Dan Berger and David Laub, who just a day ago were promoted to jointly oversee marketing, distribution and acquisitions for the indie film company, will attend this month’s festival, Deadline has learned. Debra Fisher, who runs digital and TV sales for the company, also is headed to Cannes. Oscilloscope president David Fenkel, who co-founded the indie distributor with Yauch, will not attend because of a family matter. The plan Thursday to elevate Berger and Laub called for Fenkel to segue into a consulting role at the company. That will remain the case, though after Yauch’s passing he will be more heavily involved in the day-to-day running of the New York-based company than previously thought. Oscilloscope has been self-sufficient for more than three years.
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Oscilloscope president and co-founder David Fenkel is stepping down from his post and moving to a consulting role at the indie film distributor, the company announced today. As part of the transition, Dan Berger and David Laub have been promoted to jointly oversee marketing, distribution and acquisitions. Berger has been at Oscilloscope since it launched four years ago, serving as Fenkel’s lieutenant in distribution, marketing and operations. Berger and Laub had worked with Fenkel at ThinkFilm, where they first collaborated with Oscilloscope founder Adam Yauch on distributing his film Awesome I Fuckin Shot That! in 2006. Laub has overseen acquisitions and distribution at Oscilloscope for the past three years.
“It’s been over four years since we started and the company continues to get stronger and stronger,” Fenkel said in the release announcing the moves. “I couldn’t be more excited for my friends Dan and David to be in positions to take O-Scope to the next level. Adam has been an amazing partner and important mentor for me, both personally and professionally. It’s been an honor to be involved with helping execute his vision for this unique and special company and I look forward to continuing my involvement.” The company has earned six Oscar nominations in four years and its upcoming releases include the LCD Soundsystem pic Shut Up And Play The Hits, the Baraka follow-up Samsara, and Todd Louiso’s Sundance title Hello I Must Be Going.