New York, NY – October 2, 2006 – Furthering the company's commitment to expanding the scope of its operations in key growth areas, IFC Entertainment has hired industry veteran Arianna Bocco to serve as the company's Vice President of Acquisitions and Production. The announcement was made today by IFC Entertainment President Jonathan Sehring, to whom Bocco will directly report.
In her newly appointed role, Bocco is charged with identifying and pursuing finished feature films that support the company's overall motion picture acquisition strategy of aggressively growing its theatrical release slate with larger, commercial films as well as bringing to the company promising new projects that contribute to a diverse new production slate. Bocco will also spearhead the acquisition of twenty-four films a year for the IFC First Take banner, IFC Entertainment's day-and-date division.
Upon making the announcement Sehring commented, "Arianna is an excellent assessor of quality film with a very impressive background. She will be instrumental in continuing the company's success as we will look to her to spearhead the company's acquisitions and production initiatives going forward. Like the rest of our team, she is talented, experienced and very committed to her work. Her knowledge of the both the commercial and independent landscapes will be invaluable as she manages the company's acquisition activity."
Said Bocco, "Jonathan has a tremendous vision for the company and I look forward to my role in helping realize this vision. It's an exciting growth period for IFC and I'm happy to join at this stage, knowing that great achievements lie ahead. I'm looking forward to building on IFC's successful tradition of identifying and acquiring the top independent films in the market."
Bocco has many years of acquisitions, production and development experience having held a variety of high-level posts throughout her career. She most recently served as Head of the independent feature packaging division of the Gersh Agency in New York City.
Prior to the Gersh Agency, Bocco worked at Miramax Films as a Senior Vice-President of Acquisitions. While at Miramax, Bocco was involved in acquiring such notable films such as GARDEN STATE directed by Zach Braff and THE STATION AGENT directed by Tom McCarthy. Before joining Miramax, Bocco held various roles in acquisitions for New Line Cinema and Fine Line Features and worked at The Steve Tisch Company.
ABOUT IFC ENTERTAINMENT
IFC Films is the theatrical distribution company of IFC Entertainment, which also consists of the new IFC Center in Greenwich Village and the day and date label, IFC First Take. IFCE is a Rainbow Media company.
Recent IFC films include Patrick Creadon's Wordplay, Lou Pepe and Keith Fulton's Brothers of the Head, Bent Hamer's Factotum (with Matt Dillon and Lili Taylor) and Sherrybaby, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal. IFC Films executive produced The Night Listener with Hart Sharp.
Notable IFC Films include Me And You And Everyone We Know, the Academy Award winning Boys Don't Cry, Touching the Void which broke box office records to become among the top ten grossing documentaries of all time, 2003 Oscar®-nominated My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Alfonso Cuaron's Y Tu Mama Tambien. IFC Films co-distributed Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 and the award winning Transamerica.
ABOUT RAINBOW MEDIA HOLDINGS LLC
Rainbow Media Holdings LLC is a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC). Rainbow Media creates and manages some of the country's most compelling and dynamic entertainment brands including popular national and regional television channels AMC, fuse, The Independent Film Channel (IFC), WE tv, and three FSN affiliated regional sports networks managed by Rainbow Sports Networks. The company also manages Mag Rack and sportskool, two original on-demand networks; VOOM HD Networks, the largest and most diverse suite of high definition channels available anywhere; IFC Entertainment, its film distribution, production and exhibition division; Rainbow Advertising Sales Corporation, its advertising sales division; and Rainbow Network Communications, its full service network programming origination and distribution company.
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