Wolfe Co-President Stepping Down24 Mar, 2015 By: John Latchem
Wolfe Releasing, the world's largest exclusive distributor of LGBT films, announced March 24 that co-president Maria Lynn will retire at the end of March after 22 years with the company. Co-president Jim Stephens will assume the role of president.
“From the beginning, Maria has been a passionate supporter of LGBT films and filmmakers,” said founder Kathy Wolfe. “She has played an integral role in the growth of our company and we will miss her incredible talent, dedication and passion.”
During her tenure at Wolfe, Lynn helped navigate the company through the many changes in the industry, including transitions from VHS to DVD to Blu-ray and digital Streaming.
“Wolfe has been an amazing journey and I will forever be grateful for the experience of working with our partners, filmmakers and the Wolfe Pack,” Lynn said.
Stephens, who was named co-president last year, has sat on Wolfe’s board of directors since July 2013 and has an extensive background in LGBT filmmaking.
“I enjoyed working with Maria as co-president and have deep respect for her and the company that she helped build with Kathy,” Stephens said. “With the company celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year, I look forward to continuing the Wolfe legacy of distributing high-quality LGBT films and guiding the company into the future.”
In addition to his film credits, Stephens served on the board of directors of Frameline, the nonprofit media arts organization that produces the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, and was the board president in 2013. He also served on the national board of directors of Lambda Legal. Previously he was SVP of worldwide sales and field operations at Adobe Systems. He is a member of the Producers Guild of America.