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Exclusive Media’s Alex Brunner is becoming a film finance agent at UTA, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. He is joining the agency’s Independent Film Group to focus on global film finance, packaging and distribution strategies for indie and co-financed features.
Brunner co-founded Exclusive Media in 2008, where he served as SVP of Production and L.A. Operations and then co-president of International Sales and Distribution before becoming the deputy COO. He produced the company’s Let Me In and executive produced its Hilary Swank thriller The Resident, horror flick The Quiet Ones and upcoming thriller Dark Places, starring Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz and Nicholas Hoult, among other features.
“Alex is a superb film executive whose experience and relationships throughout the global film community will greatly benefit our clients as we create the best financing and distribution options for their films,” UTA Independent Film Group head Rena Ronson said in a statement. “Alex is a great fit for UTA’s team-oriented culture, and we’re pleased he is joining the agency.”
Brunner began his movie career at Hong Kong’s Golden Harvest Films, working on Jackie Chan classics First Strike and Super Cop and project managing a new studio facility that Golden Harvest was developing in the territory. He then moved to Hollywood, first to ICM’s motion picture literary and production departments and then to Intermedia Films under then-co-chairman Nigel Sinclair. In 2003 Brunner helped to found Spitfire Pictures with Sinclair and Guy East, where as the label’s key development and production exec he executive produced its Grammy-winning documentary Foo Fighters: Back and Forth. He also served as the production exec on Martin Scorsese’s 2005 doc No Direction Home: Bob Dylan.
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