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Focus Features Names ‘The Descendants’ Producer Jim Burke President of Production

An expanding film slate at the studio also has Josh McLaughlin promoted to executive vice president.

Focus CEO Peter Schlessel on the Move to the Mainstream and the Studio’s Future

In his first interview since assuming the role in a shake-up one year ago, Schlessel explains the prestige label's move to mix mainstream ("I'm proud to have 'Insidious 3' ") with the more expected awards plays ('The Theory of Everything') as the midbudget movie finds a home

‘Oldboy’ Stars Talk Differences Between Two Versions of Film

Samuel L. Jackson, Elizabeth Olsen and others also revealed what it was like to work with director Spike Lee at the New York screening of FilmDistrict's last movie.

Focus Features Announces More Key Senior Hires

UDATED: Incoming Focus CEO Peter Schlessel is expanding his team to include additional FilmDistrict executives.

Focus CEO Peter Schlessel Names New Executive Team

UPDATED: Schlessel has tapped several of his FilmDistrict colleagues to join him at Focus, which is undergoing a major transformation following the exit of ousted chief James Schamus.

Inside the Focus Shakeup: Universal Plotted Peter Schlessel Move for Months (Analysis)

Why Universal's Donna Langley is charting a new, broader course for the specialty label as James Schamus exits and the veteran FilmDistrict exec takes over.

Toronto 2012: FilmDistrict’s Peter Schlessel on the Fest — ‘It’s My Favorite Acquisitions Market’

The movie vet talks to THR about nabbing "Looper," leaving Sony and the future for upstart film labels.