Unique: Concentration Functions President Robert Walak will be stepping down from his position and moving into an advisory consulting purpose with the Universal specialty studio. Walak will continue on to work with Focus on initiatives he aided shepherd into progress when there, and there are no designs to exchange him in the job of President.
The highly regarded and perfectly-liked Brit, who relocated to Los Angeles two many years ago, joined Emphasis in 2016 right after arriving at Common as Co-Running Director of UPIP in 2015. During his Concentrate tenure, the studio’s films have garnered 28 Academy Award nominations on titles such as Jeff Nichols’ Loving, Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour, Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread, Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman and Kasi Lemmons’ Harriet.
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Walak was also pivotal in championing Downton Abbey’s go to the significant display screen where it became the highest grossing movie in Aim history grossing far more than $192M all over the world.
Veteran Focus govt Kiska Higgs will go on to oversee its acquisitions and creation operation, with the specialty studio leadership remaining under Chairman Peter Kujawski and Vice Chairman Jason Cassidy.
Says Walak, “When we took in excess of the management at Target about four years ago we strove to make a dwelling for best-course filmmakers to convey their exclusive stories to a worldwide theatrical viewers and we achieved that. I’m stepping down from my part understanding that Focus has a person of the most interesting and various slates going forward. I’m excited to proceed collaborating with Peter, Jason and the unmatched team at Emphasis in my new role and appear ahead to foreseeable future jobs.”
Kujawski provides, “Personally, I have been amazingly blessed to work with anyone who is not only a good pal, but a role design for fantastic style, know-how and determination to the perception that excellent films can modify the world. Collectively, we have all been incredibly fortunate to perform with an personal who prioritizes colleagues and artists as individuals initially and who shepherds projects and procedures with a feeling of empathy and pleasure that is as effective as it is infectious.”
Walak will stay in Los Angeles, and retain an international outlook as he carries on to search for out assorted projects throughout many media. His intensive history incorporates serving as Running Director Europe/President Generation, Acquisitions and Tv at The Weinstein Company for various decades, in which he led a variety of acquisitions, like Carol, Paddington, The Imitation Match and The Girl in Gold. Prior to joining Weinstein, Walak was Senior Vice President, Acquisitions & Output at Alliance Films/Momentum Pics, in which he led the acquisition of The King’s Speech. Earlier, he worked in business development at Endemol and was a producer at MTV Europe.