is expanding its theatrical distribution and non-theatrical sales efforts. The media distributor for the public television community has hired Erin Owens
as head of theatrical distribution and Emily Rothschild
as director of theatrical acquisitions and marketing. Both executives joined from their New York-based distributor Long Shot Factory. Owens and Rothschild will be looking to acquire theatrical, non-theatrical, home entertainment and VOD rights for films at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, which starts Thursday.
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has joint partnerships with public media’s Wnet, Wgbh, Itvs, and Pov, with a goal of acquiring and releasing up to six feature-length documentaries per year.
In a statement, Andrea Downing, PBS Distribution
co-president, said Owens and Rothschild’s “extensive experience designing, managing and implementing theatrical campaigns, including festival and non-theatrical strategies, will further enhance what