Random Media Names Tom Skouras Chairman16 Dec, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Eric Doctorow’s indie distribution start up inks two popular film festival titles
Random Media Dec. 16 named industry veteran Tom Skouras chairman. As chairman, Skouras brings a three-decade career as a distributor of independent films, while helping nurture the Random Media brand, according to founder and CEO Eric Doctorow.
“Tom will bring a level of guidance and insight to Random Media that can only be gained from a lifetime of extraordinary experience in our industry,” Doctorow said. “I have known Tom for 30 years and have always admired his experience, his judgment and his ability to think strategically. I cannot think of a better person to join our company to help us plan our future and manage our growth.”
Skouras was founder and president of Skouras Pictures, an independent film distribution company in the ’80s and ’90s responsible for over 200 independent films released in the U.S. and international markets.
Among the films Skouras released are Joel and Ethan Coen’s first movie, Blood Simple, Paul Schrader’s The Comfort of Strangers, Martin Donovan’s Apartment Zero, Mike Newell’s The Good Father, starring Anthony Hopkins, and multiple Oscar nominee My Life as a Dog, directed by Lasse Hallstrom.
Separately, Random secured DVD and Blu-ray Disc distribution rights to two coveted film festival titles: Escape from Tomorrow, Randy Moore’s feature-film debut about a recently unemployed middle-aged man’s terrifying family venture into the happiest place on earth (Disneyland). It also acquired all North American rights to “Mirage Men,” Perception Management’s documentary examination of 60 years of government misinformation in regard to extraterrestrial visitors.