New York, NY, September 7, 2005 – IFC Entertainment President Jonathan Sehring announces today that industry veteran Ryan Werner has joined IFC Films as Vice President of Marketing. Werner will be charged with overseeing the development and implementation of media strategies for all the company’s slate of film properties in addition to developing poster/trailer campaigns and strategic promotional efforts.
“We couldn’t be happier to welcome Ryan to the team,” stated IFC Entertainment President Jonathan Sehring. “He is a well respected industry insider and a true lover of independent film. I have been a long admirer of his taste and reputation and am certain he will bring an inspired level of creative vision to our campaigns.”
Prior to joining IFC, Werner was head of theatrical distribution at Wellspring for the last two years where he helped build the company’s profile with the release of films such Tarnation, The Brown Bunny, In The Realms Of The Unreal, Palindromes, Red Lights and this summer’s #1 foreign film The Beat That My Heart Skipped.
Prior to Wellspring, the executive was Head of Theatrical Distribution at Palm Pictures and Vice President of Acquisitions & Distribution and Magnolia Pictures. He also held jobs at Shooting Gallery, Sundance Channel and IFP.
IFC will be presenting three films at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival, American Gun, Manderlay and Sorry, Haters (InDigEnt).
ABOUT IFC ENTERTAINMENT
IFC Films is a leading theatrical film distribution company bringing the best of independent and specialized films to theaters. IFC Films releases approximately 10 films per year, building its slate of titles from an aggressive acquisitions program and
selected in-house productions. IFC Films is part of IFC Entertainment, which also consists of IFC Productions, InDigEnt (a digital production arm) and the new IFC Center in Greenwich Village.
The company produced and distributed the award winning Me And You And Everyone We Know, which is currently in release across the country. IFC Films recently released Hans Weingartner’s The Edukators and Michael Showalter’s The Baxter. Anticipated upcoming titles include Aric Avelino’s American Gun starring Donald Sutherland, Forest Whitaker and Marcia Gay Harden and Lars von Trier’s Manderlay, both of which are in the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival. IFC Films is executive producing Night Listener with Hart Sharp and is currently producing After the Wedding directed by Susanne Bier, which the banner will also distribute.
Notable IFC films include 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.
For more information and upcoming releases, please visit www.ifcfilms.com