Focus Features, the art house division of Universal Pictures, named company veteran James Schamus as its sole ceo.
The new title for Schamus, who co-produced the Oscar-winning BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, follows the recent promotion of David Linde from co-head of Focus to co-chairman of Universal Pictures, sharing that job with Marc Shmuger. Previously Schamus and Linde had run Focus together.
In addition, Focus named Andrew Karpen as its president and also co-president of Focus unit Rogue Pictures. Andrew Rona was named co-president of Rogue Pictures along with Karpen.
Universal Pictures is part of the NBC Universal media division of General Electric Co.