Lisa Schwartz has been promoted to the post of co-president of IFC Films/Sundance Selects. She most recently was EVP Distribution, Operations and Business Development for the labels, where she spearheaded building the company’s day-and-date distribution model, among the first such structures in the biz, with the idea to distribute the labels’ indie films to a national audience by releasing simultaneously in theaters, on demand and pay-per-view.
In that capacity she oversaw all domestic and foreign distribution operations across theatrical, premium VOD, pay TV, digital, portable devices, home video and new platforms. Schwartz was also part of the core team that helped to launch Sundance Selects as well as genre label IFC Midnight and and SundanceNow.
“Lisa’s vast experience and deep industry relationships have made her an extraordinary leader here over the past decade,” said Jonathan Sehring, president of Sundance Selects/IFC Films. “The time has come to fully acknowledge that and make her my full partner in running this company moving forward. In an ever-changing landscape, with countless new revenue streams and a myriad of new emerging platforms, Lisa’s expertise and knowledge allows us to always be one step ahead in positioning us as a continued leader in the independent film space.”