Toronto 2012: FilmDistrict's Peter Schlessel on the Fest -- 'It's My Favorite Acquisitions Market'

This story first appeared in the Sept. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Known in the film world as a sharp and savvy consigliere, Peter Schlessel spent 21 years at Sony -- including a stint as president of Columbia Pictures -- before leaving in 2010 to launch FilmDistrict, the domestic distribution company backed by financier-producer Graham King and oil billionaire Tim Headington. Schlessel, who discovered and acquired rights to a string of hits including District 9 while at Sony, continued his winning streak with the low-budget horror pic Insidious, the inspirational Soul Surfer and the Ryan Gosling vehicle Drive.

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