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Paul Speaker Named President, COO of Madstone Films(January 08, 2002)
"Paul is one of the most innovative minds in the film world and we are thrilled to have him aboard," said Madstone CEO Tom Gruenberg. "His unique ability to bring small films to larger audiences was perfectly illustrated in his creation and launch of the groundbreaking Shooting Gallery Film Series, and we look forward to utilizing his talent to create many new outlets for filmmakers and film lovers everywhere." "Madstone's unique fusion of production, distribution, exhibition and creative collaboration will be a boon to filmmakers and audiences alike," said Mr. Speaker. "Madstone is poised to be an innovator and leader in the independent film world and I look forward to contributing to its success." In his role as President of Madstone Films, Paul will take a leading role in creating unique and expanded distribution opportunities for emerging filmmakers from Madstone and throughout the filmmaking world. His marketing savvy and broad connections will be utilized in many other company efforts.
While at the Shooting Gallery, Paul took a leading role in all areas of music, film and television. As an executive in development, production, and distribution, Paul acted as creator and chief executor of the Shooting Gallery Film Series. A critical and financial hit, the series was lauded by the New York Film Critics Circle for "ingenuity in distribution and selection of films" and by the Boston Film Critics for "excellence in creating a venue for independent and noteworthy films." While President of Shooting Gallery Entertainment, the company produced the award-winning film, "You Can Count On Me" and distributed the sleeper hit, "Croupier," as well as "The Day I Became a Woman," "A Time For Drunken Horses," and "Judy Berlin" among many others.
Prior to Shooting Gallery, Paul was Director of Marketing & Ideas at the National Football League, where he was charged with integrating marketing efforts across the entire NFL organization. While overseeing internal strategic, creative and execution resources, he was also responsible for overseeing entertainment marketing in motion pictures and network prime time for the NFL.
Madstone Films is a new-style film studio with a uniquely collaborative approach that informs the mindset of all the Madstone companies. The company brings the world's most talented filmmakers to work in its nurturing and financially secure environment. Madstone empowers directors to combine artistic invention with the tools of the digital age.
Sister company Madstone Theaters is a nationwide chain of independent cinemas with an innovative community-oriented approach to programming and marketing. In addition to its core fare of independent, art and foreign film, Madstone will expand the theatergoing experience by making select screens part of Madstone DDN (Digital Distribution Network), North America's first network of theatres with digital programming and projection. With at least one digital screen in each multiplex, Madstone DDN will offer patrons a unique array of programming never before available in a theatrical setting. The exhibition of this content will be made possible by digital networking, projection and audience input.
Madstone was founded in 1999 by financier Chip Seelig (Goldman Sachs) and film production/distribution executive Tom Gruenberg (PolyGram Filmed Entertainment) and is based in New York City.
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