Urman gets official boost at ThinkFilm


ThinkFilm co-founder Mark Urman has been promoted to president of the Capco-owned specialty film distributor.

The official boost for the longtime head of U.S. theatrical had been expected for months. Urman has operated as the de facto boss of the company as plans for the Toronto office's closure were being finalized, well before co-founder Jeff Sackman announced his departure last week.

Capco owner and ThinkFilm chairman David Bergstein purchased the distributor in fall 2006, and Canadian law obligated the company to sell all its north-of-the-border assets. Entertainment One purchased them last month, and now ThinkFilm's releases will be distributed through EO's theatrical arm Seville Pictures.

New York will become the new ThinkFilm headquarters under Urman, with accounting and other back-office operations based at Capco's Los Angeles offices.

Urman said the company plans to continue as it has, adding some in-house productions and taking on some bigger projects while adjusting its release slate to suit the changing independent film marketplace.

Known as one of the more loquacious executives in the business, Urman co-founded ThinkFilm in 2001 after serving as co-president of Lions Gate Films Releasing. Before that, he held publicity and marketing positions at Dennis Davidson Associates, Columbia Pictures, Triumph Films and United Artists.