The new Focus Features team and Universal are still determining which staffers from FilmDistrict and Focus will stick around
All of FilmDistrict's top executives will move over to Focus, which has a new m.o.
Peter Schlessel will bring a different ethos to the division that brought us "Brokeback Mountain" and "The Pianist"
The former Film District chief exec will head up an expansion of Universal's specialty label, which is moving to L.A.
The label's first two releases will be a romantic drama starring Ja Rule and a sequel to "The Ultimate Gift"
"If there was ever a time to do something potentially profitable and also fun, it felt like this was a good time."
AnnaSophia Robb stars as Bethany Hamilton, the teen surfer who lost her arm in a shark attack
"The Departed" producer taps distribution and marketing executives Peter Schlessel and Bob Berney to help run his new venture
Exec had abruptly exited company he founded, Apparition Films, on the brink of Cannes
Has been president of worldwide affairs at the studio
His GK Films will make a minimum of two films a year for studio to market, distribute worldwide.