Company Names Steve Schoch as EVP, Chief Financial Officer
Also Announces Krista Wegener and Thomas Moreno to Key Management Posts
SANTA MONICA, CA – January 11, 2011 – Miramax today announced the first appointments to its new Management team. Steve Schoch has been named Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, responsible for finance and accounting, business development, operations and IT. Krista Wegener has been named Vice President, Head of International Distribution, responsible for licensing of the Miramax library and new releases outside the U.S. via third party distribution partners. Additionally, Thomas Moreno has been named Senior Vice President, Operations and will also run the company’s website, www.miramax.com. All three executives will be based at the company’s Santa Monica headquarters and the positions are effective immediately.
Mike Lang, Miramax’s CEO, said: “We are very pleased to announce the continued build-out of our team, with such experienced and well-regarded executives. In particular, Steve as our CFO brings broad based and highly-regarded experience in finance as well as the background to effectively manage our operations and business development. We’re also fortunate to have Krista and Tommy on our team to drive our extensive International, operational and digital activities. Importantly, all three bring the experience and attitude that will drive innovation as well as develop new partnerships to aggressively leverage Miramax’s outstanding film assets around the world.”
Schoch, 52, has more than 25 years of corporate finance experience, with companies in a broad group of industries including entertainment, biotech and the Internet. Prior to joining Miramax, he served as Vice President Global Commercial Operations Financial Planning & Analysis at Amgen. Before joining Amgen in 2001, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at eToys, in particular spearheading their IPO. Earlier in his career, he held various financial leadership positions with the Walt Disney Company and Times Mirror Company. Schoch received his Bachelor’s degree from Tufts University, and his MBA from the Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College.
Wegener, 36, was most recently a U.K.-based Senior Vice President of Finance and Operations at Alliance Films. Prior to joining Alliance in 2005, Wegener spent five years in various international finance roles for Universal Pictures. She has also held similar positions with Virgin Entertainment and began her career at the Walt Disney Company. Wegener holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA, and earned her MBA from the London Business School.
Moreno, 41, most recently ran his own consulting firm, working with leading private equity, venture capital and Internet companies. Prior to that, he spent 13 years at the Walt Disney Company, where he led strategy and development for the Theme Parks and Resorts business. Before joining Disney, Moreno was an officer with the United States Air Force, leading development of technology and military intelligence programs. He is a distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and received his MBA from the Harvard Business School.
The Miramax library is a collection of 700 motion pictures which were produced, financed or distributed by Miramax Films since 1979. The Miramax library holds some of the world’s most sophisticated, thought-provoking and critically-acclaimed independent films including sex, lies, and videotape, The English Patient, Shakespeare In Love, Reservoir Dogs, Chicago, Good Will Hunting, Pulp Fiction, My Left Foot, Cinema Paradiso, Life is Beautiful, Amélie, Kill Bill, Volume I and II, and No Country for Old Men, as well as scores of commercially successful films such as Bridget Jones’s Diary, the Scream, Hellraiser and Scary Movie franchises and Spy Kids. Collectively the Miramax archives have received 284 Academy Award nominations and 68 Oscars, including 4 Best Picture Awards.
For more information, please visit www.miramax.com.