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Robert Kessel is executive vice president of production and acquisitions at Overture Films, a theatrical distribution company. Based in New York City, Mr. Kessel co-heads the department(s).
Before joining Overture in 2006, Mr. Kessel was a partner in, and head of production at, the New York-based independent film company Hart Sharp Entertainment. In his seven years at Hart Sharp, he not only managed production and development but also shared responsibility for managing the company's private equity fund.
His producing credits include DeMane Davis and Khari Streeter's Lift; Douglas McGrath's Nicholas Nickleby; John Leguizamo's Undefeated; Michael Mayer's A Home at the End of the World (written by Michael Cunningham of Evening); Dylan Kidd's P.S.; John Madden's Proof; and Patrick Stettner's The Night Listener.
Prior to joining Hart Sharp, Mr. Kessel served as vice president, acquisitions at Miramax Films for five years. At Miramax, he was central to the acquisition of several notable independent and foreign features. Among them were Jan Sverák's Kolya (which won both the Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign-Language Film, among other honors); Doug Liman's breakthrough film Swingers; Majid Majidi's Children of Heaven and Caroline Link's Beyond Silence, both of which were Oscar-nominated for Best Foreign-Language Film; and Chris Eyre's Smoke Signals (which won both the Audience Award and the Filmmakers Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival).
He began his industry career at New Line Cinema; and later worked as Stephen Chao's director of development at Chao, Inc.
Mr. Kessel holds a B.A. in political science and film from Vassar College.