Being that I am always looking for the next big leak-- be it images, a trailer or an exclusive report --I have had my fair share of run-ins with the movie studios. Have I been threatened? Sure. I don't know the legal history behind the other film sites out there but I can say in the past year and a half of existence CanMag has been fedexed quite a few attorney-drafted letters from various picture houses. Hell, I have even received verbal threats on my cell phone from the likes of LucasFilm.
Is it scary? Well, it is enough to make me mellow out for a week or two. However, as long as I am quick to comply, CanMag has always been cool with the studios; a trend I would like to continue.
That being said, Dimension Films has recently named entertainment attorney (a job I once considered) Andrew J. Kramer as executive vice president of business and legal affairs. Therefore, if we ever got into shit with them, I guess I could expect a letter with Kramer's autograph right on the bottom.
Kramer Leads Legal Affairs at Dimension
Bob Weinstein announced today that veteran entertainment attorney Andrew J. Kramer has been named executive vice president of business and legal affairs for Dimension Films. Kramer joins and will oversee Dimension veterans Sarah Sobel and Lumumba Mosquera, who are senior vice presidents of business and legal affairs.
In his new role, Kramer will be charged with overseeing the Dimension Film's business and legal affairs division and negotiating deals covering all aspects of the feature film and television business, including development, production, acquisitions and co-financing. Kramer will be based in Los Angeles and will work closely with Richard Saperstein, head of production for Dimension and will report to Saperstein and Bob Weinstein.
“I could not have asked for a more qualified executive for this important role,” said Bob Weinstein “and I’m excited to have Andrew join our team.”
Kramer stated, “I am absolutely thrilled to be working with Bob Weinstein, Richard Saperstein and everyone else at the company. Dimension Films has a great history, an impressive slate and I’m proud to have the opportunity to work with such an accomplished team.”
Prior to joining Dimension Films, Kramer served as executive vice president of business affairs and operations for Warner Independent Pictures Inc (WIP) and played an integral role in the launch of the specialty division. During his tenure at WIP, Kramer was responsible for overseeing all business and legal matters including negotiating all talent deals and producing agreements as well as structuring WIP’s co-production/co-financing arrangements, acquisition and distribution agreements including the 2005 hit “March of the Penguins” and the critically acclaimed “Good Night and Good Luck.” Prior to joining WIP, Kramer was the executive vice president of Phoenix Pictures, where he was responsible for all business and legal matters. Kramer practiced law as a principal in the entertainment department of Troop Steuber Pasich Reddick and Tobey, LLP, and was vice president of Business and Legal Affairs at Sony Pictures’ Triumph Films. Prior to joining Sony, Kramer was an associate in the entertainment dept at Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp and began his career practicing as an entertainment lawyer in 1991 as a sole practitioner.
Sarah Sobel joined Dimension Films in 1999 as a director of business and legal affairs and was promoted to vice president in 2003 and to senior vice president on October 1, 2005, the official launch date of The Weinstein Company. She works on a broad range of development, production and overall talent deals for Dimension Films. Projects include the “Scary Movie” franchise including the next installment “Scary Movie 4,” “School for Scoundrels,” “Pulse,” “1408,” “Superhero!,” “Quebec” and “Wichita.” Prior to Dimension, she was an associate at the law office of George Sheanshang in New York City. Sobel is located in New York City and will report to Andrew Kramer.
Lumumba Mosquera joined Dimension Films in 2001 as a director of business and legal affairs and was promoted to senior vice president of business and legal affairs for Dimension Films on October 1, 2005, the official launch date of The Weinstein Company. He works on a broad range of development, production, TV and animation projects for Dimension Films. Recent projects include “Breaking & Entering,” “Doogal,” “Opus,” “Grind House,” “Superhero!” and the next installment in the “Halloween” franchise. Prior to Dimension, Mosquera spent several years as an associate in the entertainment department of Loeb & Loeb, LLP. He also had prior stints with the indie film company, The Shooting Gallery and at Def Jam Recordings, Inc. Mosquera is located in New York City and will report to Andrew Kramer.
Stay tuned for updates.