ThinkFilm ups Fenkel to vp int'l sales


ThinkFilm executive David Fenkel has been assigned to head the indie distributor's international sales division.

Fenkel has been promoted from vp marketing to vp international sales by president and CEO Jeff Sackman. Reporting to Sackman and senior vp Randy Manis, he will present the company at all markets and festivals and help handle all international acquisitions.

"We thought it was logical to have someone with such great experience in domestic films communicate what these films are with our international buyers," Manis said.

ThinkFilm launched the division at last year's Festival de Cannes under the direction of Alliance Atlantis Pictures International president Mark Horowitz. Fenkel assumes Horowitz's role in his new post.

"David has gained invaluable distribution and marketing experience working under Mark Urman on the domestic side," Sackman said. "In addition, he has learned the international landscape at a highly accelerated rate under former international head Mark Horowitz."

Fenkel, who began his new role last month, will remain in the company's New York headquarters. He will represent a slate of completed and in-production ThinkFilm projects (including the bestiality docu "Zoo") at next month's American Film Market.

The exec began working with ThinkFilm at its inception five years ago as manager of distribution before being elevated to vp marketing in 2004. Before that, Fenkel worked at the Anthology Film Archives, marketing and producing for the NewFilmmakers program.