Indie film distributor Screen Media has hired Michael Messina as EVP Distribution and Lisa Burgueno as VP Digital Distribution. The moves from the company, acquired in 2017 by Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, comes at it plans to increase its release slate to 20 films or more per year.
Both execs are on the ground in Park City with the Sundance Film Festival kicking off today.
Messina, most recently VP Global Distribution & Acquisitions in Starz’s digital distribution division, has been consulting with Screen Media and now takes on oversight of domestic distribution, sales and marketing. Burgueno, previously at Lionsgate/Starz Digital and before that in distribution positions at Cinedigm and Microsoft Movies & TV, will manage Screen Media’s transactional partnerships and media planning across digital and on-demand services.
They will join Screen Media SVP Worldwide Acquisitions Seth Needle and Director of Marketing Abbey Warner at Sundance.
“Screen Media has been building a robust slate over the past year as we continue to aggressively expand our distribution business,” said Screen Media president David Fannon. “Mike has an excellent reputation for working with filmmakers and delivering revenue growth. Lisa brings a wealth of knowledge and experience marketing and distributing film and television series in the digital space. Together they greatly expand our distribution capabilities and we are thrilled to add them to the team.”
Screen Media’s recent releases include Paul Weitz’s Bel Canto, and it just acquired Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote starring Adam Driver and Jonathan Pryce. Other 2019 pics include Adult Life Skills with Jodie Whittaker and A Violent Separation toplined by Brenton Thwaites and Ben Robson.