Film Movement said it Michael Rosenberg has taken an equity stake in the NY-based indie distributor and has been named co-president alongside Adley Gartenstein. Rosenberg lands here after departing Entertainment One U.S. in September after a combined 26 years at eOne and predecessor Koch Entertainment. He takes up his new post immediately and joins Gartenstein, who has been president since 2007. Launched in 2003, Film Movement specializes in indie and foreign fare which it distributes on all platforms, and recently launched a genre label Ram Releasing that kicks off its slate this year. “I have been very impressed by Film Movement’s innovative model of film distribution,” Rosenberg said today in a release announcing his hire. “Adley and his team have done a tremendous job of building a smart, modern film company with a high-quality catalog and a great diversity of distribution channels.
BREAKING: Long a staple of the Imagine Entertainment brain trust, Michael Rosenberg has been promoted to Co-Chairman of Imagine Entertainment by company Chairmen Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. Rosenberg came to Imagine in 1988 as vice president of Marketing And Distribution, and ten years later he was named Imagine Entertainment president.
“While he has been a valued partner since he came to Imagine, during the past few years Michael has become more directly involved with Ron and me in creating company strategies and planning the future of Imagine,” Grazer said. “He is an asset to the company in more ways than one and a man we respect.”
Howard said that “Michael continues to be an incredible marketing distribution strategist with strong business instincts on expanding the imagine brand. He is not only an integral part of the company’s life, he is also a genuine friend.”
Rosenberg is the former president of Saul Zaentz’s production company, which produced the Best Picture Oscar winners One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, The English Patient and Amadeus. He has been at Imagine through most of the label’s successes, including the Best Picture winner A Beautiful Mind. The company is currently in production on the Howard-directed Heart Of The Sea with Chris Hemsworth, the biopic Pele, and the Tate Taylor-directed Get On Up, with 42′s Chadwick Boseman playing James Brown in that biopic, and they are percolating an adaptation of the Dan …
Michael Rosenberg joined Entertainment One in 2005 when the company acquired Koch Entertainment, where he served as president, and now he says he’s decided to leave the company to pursue other interests. The move is effective October 31. Based in eOne’s Port Washington, New York office, Rosenberg has been responsible for eOne’s U.S. Home Entertainment division under David Reckziegel, President, eOne Films North America, and held corresponding responsibilities with the group’s music distribution business under Michael Koch, CEO, eOne US. “After 26 years with Koch and eOne, it’s now time for me to take on other challenges. I am very proud of our team in the U.S. and the business we’ve built together, and I’ve really enjoyed my time as part of eOne. It’s been a pleasure to have been part of such a talented group during what has been a transformational period for film and music distribution in the U.S. I leave the company in good hands and look forward to opening a new chapter in my life,” said Rosenberg in a statement. Dylan Wiley continues to lead the company’s U.S. theatrical film marketing and sales activities, reporting to Reckziegel who oversees all North American Film operations. The company plans to announce further updates to its U.S. leadership structure in the coming weeks. (Note: Michael Rosenberg, EVP U.S. Scripted Television, remains at eOne in LA.)