Alexander upped at NL

Craig Alexander has been promoted to co-head of business and legal affairs at New Line, where he will share the post with Judd Funk. The two will be responsible for the film unit's business policies, negotiating talent and rights deals as well as overseeing the legal affairs division.

Wexler gets Life

Cinematographer Haskell Wexler has been chosen to receive the Woodstock Film Festival's inaugural lifetime achievement award. The fest, which runs Oct. 1-5, takes place in Woodstock, N.Y. The award will be presented Oct. 4 by director John Sayles and producer Maggie Renzi.

Maynard at Weinstein

Jeff Maynard has joined the Weinstein Co. as senior vp postproduction. Based in Los Angeles, he will oversee all original productions and acquisitions for the Weinstein Co. and Dimension Films.


IFC Films has picked up U.S. theatrical rights to Jessica Yu's comedy "Ping Pong Playa." It follows aspiring pro basketball player Christopher "C-dub" Wang (Jimmy Tsai) who is forced to run his mother's ping pong class. The narrative debut for documentarian Yu will hit theaters Sept. 5.

EIF expands role

The Entertainment Industry Foundation has reconstituted its board of directors, with Sherry Lansing as chair. In one of its first decisions, it has agreed to increase EIF's reach in Los Angeles to involve more members of the industry in its charitable work and to grow its education programs.