Ex-Miramax production president to head Sundance
LOS ANGELES — Former Miramax production president Keri Putnam is making a notable switch: She's heading to Sundance.
Putnam has been named the executive director for the Sundance Institute, essentially the nonprofit's highest-ranking paid position, where she'll oversee all of the institute's programs and report directly to its board, on which festival founder Robert Redford and others sit.
The Sundance Institute is an umbrella organization that, among its many activities, develops young writers and directors, cultivates international programs and presents the Sundance Film Festival. The group's previous executive director, Ken Brecher, resigned in April, with the position sitting vacant since then.
Putnam's tenure at Miramax saw the Disney unit release a number of films that were successful both at the awards podium and the box office, including "No Country for Old Men" and "The Queen."
The hiring of Putnam, who will remain based in Los Angeles, marks the latest new direction for veterans of the art-house film business, who have fanned out to other parts of the entertainment world as the specialty film business has contracted.