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  1. Focus CEO Peter Schlessel on the Move to the Mainstream and the Studio's Future

    7:00 am 10/23/2014

    In his first interview since assuming the role in a shake-up one year ago, Schlessel explains the prestige label's move to mix mainstream ("I'm proud to have 'Insidious 3' ") with the more expected awards plays ('The Theory of Everything') as the midbudget movie finds a homeRead more

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  2. 'Oldboy' Stars Talk Differences Between Two Versions of Film

    4:53 pm 11/12/2013

    Samuel L. Jackson, Elizabeth Olsen and others also revealed what it was like to work with director Spike Lee at the New York screening of FilmDistrict's last movie.Read more

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  3. Focus Features Announces More Key Senior Hires

    1:45 pm 11/7/2013

    UDATED: Incoming Focus CEO Peter Schlessel is expanding his team to include additional FilmDistrict executives.Read more

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  4. Focus CEO Peter Schlessel Names New Executive Team

    1:36 pm 10/15/2013

    UPDATED: Schlessel has tapped several of his FilmDistrict colleagues to join him at Focus, which is undergoing a major transformation following the exit of ousted chief James Schamus. Read more

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  5. Inside the Focus Shakeup: Universal Plotted Peter Schlessel Move for Months (Analysis)

    5:00 am 10/3/2013

    Why Universal's Donna Langley is charting a new, broader course for the specialty label as James Schamus exits and the veteran FilmDistrict exec takes over.Read more

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  6. Toronto 2012: FilmDistrict's Peter Schlessel on the Fest -- 'It's My Favorite Acquisitions Market'

    10:00 am 9/5/2012

    The movie vet talks to THR about nabbing "Looper," leaving Sony and the future for upstart film labels.Read more

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