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Sony Pictures WW Acquisitions Hires Relativity’s Joe Matukewicz

By | Monday December 5, 2011 @ 3:15pm PST
Mike Fleming

Joe Matukewicz, most recently head of acquisitions at Relativity Media, has joined Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions as SVP Acquisitions. He’ll report to SPWA president Steven Bersch and oversee all acquisitions for the division. SPWA in 2011 acquired or produced numerous successful films including Soul Surfer, Insidious, Jumping The Broom, Courageous, The Raid, and Colombiana. It will continue to be responsible for providing content for all of SPE’s distribution channels, including theatrical, home entertainment, television and digital. “We are thrilled to have Joe join us in this key role,” Bersch said. “His experience and taste will be vital as we continue to increasingly ramp up our acquisitions activities, and work to bring more great product into Sony.”

Matukewicz had been senior veep and Head of Worldwide Acquisitions at Relativity Media. Prior to that, he was VP Acquisitions and Co-Productions at Paramount Vantage and Director of Acquisitions and Co-Productions at Paramount Classics. His deals have included Act Of Valor, House At The End Of The Street, Hustle & Flow, The Machinist, and An Inconvenient Truth.

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FilmDistrict And Sony Partner On ‘Evil Dead’ Remake

By | Wednesday November 30, 2011 @ 12:00pm PST
Mike Fleming

Culver City, CA (November 30, 2011) – Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) and FilmDistrict have partnered with Ghost House Pictures on a worldwide deal—excluding U.K. and France —for Sony Pictures to distribute the remake of Evil Dead. The announcement was made by Steven Bersch, SPWA President, and Peter Schlessel, CEO of FilmDistrict. Lia Buman, FilmDistrict’s EVP of Acquisitions, will oversee the project.

Original producing partners Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell (who also starred in the original franchise) and Sam Raimi will produce. Ghost House Pictures partners Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane will executive produce. Nicole Brown and J.R. Young will oversee the project for Ghost House.

Rob Tapert stated, “For 30 years, Sam, Bruce and I have been looking for the right home where we could return the deadites to the big screen. Amy Pascal and Jeff Blake at Sony and Peter Schlessel at FilmDistrict have always been incredible partners who share our passion for great storytelling as well as our obsession for scaring the pants off the audience. Together, we are looking forward to terrorizing a whole new generation.”

Added Schlessel, “I have been part of the extended Ghost House family for a long time. It’s fantastic to continue the relationship as we bring this classic horror film to a new generation of fans.”

“Sony Pictures has a fantastic history collaborating with both Ghost House and Film District and we couldn’t be more excited to continue working together

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