Begley is Magnolia's new pickup


NEW YORK -- Dori Begley has joined Magnolia Pictures in the newly created position of director of acquisitions.

Begley will report to longtime head of acquisitions Tom Quinn in the company's New York headquarters. She arrives at Magnolia after serving as manager of acquisitions at Sony Pictures Classics from 2000-07 and most recently as associate programmer for the Tribeca Film Festival.

"I've known (Dori) for some time and have always wanted to work with her in some capacity," Quinn said. "She brings a breadth of experience and talent which will enable us to be a more proactive buyer as we continue to grow."

Begley said: "Magnolia's infectious passion is unparalleled in this business. As the industry evolves, their dynamic model makes it a very exciting place to be. I couldn't be more thrilled to come on board."

During her time at SPC, which began in 1998, she helped acquire such titles as "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," "The Fog of War," "Cache" and "Volver."

Magnolia, headed by president Eamonn Bowles and owned by Wagner/Cuban Cos., recently released "The Host" and soon will distribute "Severance" and its 2007 Sundance Film Festival acquisition "Crazy Love."