Stephen Bruno exiting Weinstein Co.

Marketing vp to pursue opportunity outside of film business

Stephen Bruno is exiting as vp marketing at the Weinstein Co. but says his departure is voluntary and not part of any other layoffs or changes at the company.

Bruno, whose last day is today, has been with the Weinsteins for about 7 1/2 years and was involved in recent campaigns for "Inglourious Basterds" and "A Single Man," among others. Additional releases since he took a senior position in marketing in October 2007 include boxoffice disappointments "Nine," "Rogue," "The Road" and "Zack and Miri Make a Porno."

A Weinstein spokeswoman said that they are considering at least two candidates to replace Bruno and could have an announcement about his successor as soon as next week.

Bruno said he is leaving to pursue a new opportunity outside of the film business.

Because of financial pressures, the Weinstein Co. has cut back on the number of movies it will release. Among the films planned for this year are "The Tillman Story" and "Piranha 3-D," the latter through Dimension.

The company is involved in negotiations to acquire the Miramax library and name from Disney. Bob and Harvey Weinstein would manage the firm, with financing coming from Ron Burkle's company and others.

Bruno began at the Weinsteins' New York headquarters in September 2002 as an assistant to Rick Sands, and after that was assistant to Harvey Weinstein for two years. He became director of marketing in September 2005, was promoted to senior director in October 2007 and named vp marketing in November.
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