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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Peter Scarlet named Artistic Director of the Tribeca Film Festival and Nancy Schafer and Paola Freccero named Co-Executive Directors
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Jennifer Maguire Isham to become Executive Vice President of Tribeca Enterprise
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NEW YORK, NY – (June 6, 2007)Tribeca Film Festival and Tribeca Enterprises Co-founder Jane Rosenthal announced today that Peter Scarlet has been promoted to Artistic Director of the Festival and Nancy Schafer has been promoted to Co-Executive Director. Schafer will share the position with Paola Freccero who joins the company full time as Co-Executive Director. Schafer and Freccero will also hold posts as Senior Vice Presidents of Tribeca Enterprises. Rosenthal further announced that Jennifer Maguire Isham will now serve as Executive Vice President of Tribeca Enterprises to help identify new business opportunities domestically and abroad, after having served six years as the Festival’s president. The role of Festival president has been retired at this time. All positions are newly created and the appointments are effective immediately.
Rosenthal continued, “Jennifer Maguire Isham has been instrumental in the success of the Festival, having helped shape it since its inception. Her experience and creativity will assist in new business developments for Tribeca Enterprises.”
Scarlet will continue to act as chief programmer of the Festival in addition to his new responsibilities as Artistic Director. He will also play a critical ambassadorial role for the Festival working to build its brand awareness in the international community. He will report to Rosenthal.
“After six years of helping to build and shape the Festival, I am excited to work at Tribeca Enterprises where I will look to find new ways and initiatives to support independent film and filmmakers on a year round basis” said Jennifer Maguire Isham. “Having worked with Peter, Nancy and Paola, I believe they are the ideal team to build on the success the Festival has achieved thus far.”
Scarlet joined the organization a few months after the first Tribeca Film Festival had been held in Spring 2002, with the responsibility of overseeing its film program, and he quickly expanded the Festival’s international footprint. Previously, Scarlet had directed the San Francisco International Film Festival, the oldest in the U.S., from 1983 to 2001 and is credited with having been the first to screen in the US the work of such now-famed figures as Léos Carax, Jane Campion, Alan Clarke, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Spike Lee, Mike Leigh, Guy Maddin and Christopher Nolan. He was the first American ever named to serve as Director General of Paris’s famed Cinémathèque Française, a post he filled briefly before coming to Tribeca. He has also worked in film production and film education, and in 2001 was honored by being named an Officer in the Order of Arts and Letters byFrance’s Ministry of Culture.
Schafer, who joined the Tribeca Film Festival as a programmer when the Festival was founded in 2002, most recently held the title of Managing director and programmer for the Festival. Prior to joining Tribeca, she created and ran the South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW Film) in Austin, Texas for eight years. Schafer has also worked in production.
Freccero joins the company full time having most recently served as a consultant to Tribeca Enterprises where she worked on business development projects and oversaw content initiatives for the 2007 Festival. An independent consultant since 2005, Freccero has worked on new business development and content initiatives for such clients as Court TV, Universal Music and Video Distribution, Re:New Media (formerly National Video Resources) and Smithsonian Networks, among others. Previously, Freccero was Sundance Channel’s Senior Vice President, Film Programming where she supervised the acquisition, programming and scheduling of Sundance Channel’s film line-up. During her tenure, Freccero launched both Sundance Channel Home Entertainment and the Sundance Film Series, and previously held the title of Vice President, International spearheading Sundance Channel’s business development activities overseas. Before joining Sundance Channel, Freccero was Artistic Director of the Nortel Palm Springs International Film Festival and the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival.
Maguire Isham has been with the Tribeca Film Festival and Tribeca Film Institute since its inception, becoming President of the Festival in 2003. Prior to joining Tribeca, she worked as a Senior Vice President of Programming for CNN/US, with oversight of the network’s schedule and the development of new programming, and served as a member of the Turner Executive Board. Before CNN, Maguire Isham was a journalist at ABC News for over 10 years. She began her career working at Sawyer Miller the political consulting firm.