Longtime Sundance director of programming Trevor Groth has left the prestigious Park City festival to join 30WEST, the capital and strategic advice provider to film projects and producers.
The hire follows 30WEST taking a majority ownership stake in Neon, the marketing and distribution company, after they jointly released I,Tonya. Dan Friedkin and Micah Green, the former co-head of CAA’s Finance and Sales Group, launched 30WEST eight months ago.
Sundance director John Cooper, in an internal email obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, on Monday confirmed Groth’s departure. “Some bittersweet news: I’m both proud and saddened to share that our friend Trevor Groth has decided to leave Sundance to pursue a new opportunity working at investment and advisory business 30WEST. The skills he honed through curating over two decades of movies for our festivals has made him uniquely qualified for this work,” Cooper wrote.
Groth first joined the programming staff of Sundance in 1993, before being promoted to senior programmer in 2003 and then director in 2009. While at Sundance, Groth championed such titles as Whiplash, Fruitvale Station, Hard Eight and Napoleon Dynamite.
“For over twenty years Trevor has been one of the film community’s most consistent champions of original creative voices, all while exhibiting a fearless commitment to pushing the boundaries of film creation and distribution. We could not be more thrilled that he has chosen to join us,” 30WEST said in a statement.
30WEST is currently in production on two feature films: Karyn Kusama’s Destroyer, starring Nicole Kidman, and Peter Hedges’ Ben Is Back, starring Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges.
This spring, 30WEST will release the film Beast with Roadside Attractions. Writer-director Michael Pearce’s romantic thriller premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and had its U.S. premiere at Sundance.