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Ruth Vitale
Executive Producer

Ruth Vitale has been at the forefront of independent film production and distribution for over twenty years. She has built and managed several independent companies from their inception, in addition to launching the careers of many successful filmmakers

Executive Experience

  • Managing Director, Business Development,, 2008-2009
  • President, First Look Pictures, 2006-2007
  • Co-President, Paramount Classics, 1998-2005
  • President, Fine Line Pictures, 1995-1997
  • Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions, New Line Pictures, 1992-1994
  • President, UBU Productions, 1989-1991
  • Senior Vice President of Production, United Artists, 1988
  • President, Vestron Pictures, 1983-1987

Professional Motion Picture Biography
Vitale was President of First Look Pictures, the theatrical distribution entity of First Look Studios. Releases included John Hillcoat's The Proposition, Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters, and one of the highest grossing foreign-language films of 2007, Paris, Je T'aime.

Vitale founded and served as Co-President of Paramount Classics from 1998-2005, an autonomous division of Paramount Pictures that specialized in bringing daring, offbeat, and unconventional films from the United States and around the world to contemporary audiences. Working in partnership with Co-President David Dinerstein, Vitale’s innovative marketing and distribution campaigns demonstrated a commitment to independent filmmaking and the development of promising new talent, in addition to making the independent standalone financially profitable.

When Vitale formed Paramount Classics, she quickly acquired two films that were to draw widespread critical acclaim:  Sofia Coppola's controversial portrait of suburban disintegration The Virgin Suicides and Patrice Leconte's shimmering love story Girl on a Bridge.

In the ensuing years Vitale would oversee the aquistion and release of many significant independent films: In 2000, Paramount Classics released two films that received a total of 5 Golden Globe and 2 Academy Award nominations: Istvan Szabo's 20th century epic Sunshine starring Ralph Fiennes in three multi-generational roles and Kenneth Lonergan's comedic-poignant exploration of a dysfunctional family, You Can Count On Me.

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