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Random Media Hires Former Netflix Executive

13 Nov, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Upstart home entertainment distributor was formed in June by industry veteran Eric Doctorow

Random Media Nov. 13 said it has named Rob Williams SVP, head of acquisitions, reporting to founder and CEO Eric Doctorow in Los Angeles.

Williams will be responsible for acquiring all Random Media content, as well as overseeing business affairs and theatrical release campaigns.

Williams’ resume includes executive acquisition positions with Liberation Entertainment and Indomina Media — the latter where he oversaw the release of Bart Layton’s The Imposter, the Edward James Olmos-produced Filly Brown, and Leos Carax’s Holy Motors, among others.

Williams also served as an acquisitions executive for Red Envelope Entertainment, an indie film label launched by Netflix and shuttered in 2008.

“As we form our executive team, I cannot think of anyone who is better suited to help us build the company [than Williams],” Doctorow said.

Doctorow — a 30-year executive with stints running Paramount Home Entertainment Worldwide, MGM Worldwide and Miramax Home Entertainment Worldwide — launched Random Media in June as a multi-platform distributor eying content releases for digital, packaged media, TV and theatrical.

Random releases are distributed by Cinedigm following its acquisition of Vivendi Entertainment from Gaiam. Discs are replicated by Sony DADC.

“We’re committed to all release platforms — physical, cable, TV, and even at the appropriate point, theatrical,” Doctorow said.

Random’s initial release slate includes drama, The Motel Life, starring Emile Hirsch, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristopherson and Dakota Fanning; animated comedy Guardian of the Highlands (a.k.a. Sir Billi), with voices by Sean Connery and Alan Cumming; Around the Block with Christina Ricci; Scottish drama For Those in Peril; comedy The Secret Lives of Dorks; Chinese war drama The Last Super; documentary “$ellebrity;” drama Meth Head, starring Lucas Haas; horror-thriller Amber Alert; and British comedy, The Knot.

Release dates have not been disclosed, however The Motel Life, which debuted theatrically Nov. 8, is available on Vudu.com for transactional video-on-demand and electronic sellthrough.

Doctorow said with Random being a new kid on the distribution block, word has spread quickly among indie content owners looking to license product.

“I think it’s a combination of being in the right place at the right time, and having good relationships within the industry,” he said. “Our plan is to release three or four films a month.”



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