New York, (February 27, 2007) – Entertainment industry veteran Mark Ragone has been named Executive Vice President of Business Affairs for City Lights Media Group. The announcement was made by company CEO, Danny Fisher.
Prior to joining City Lights, Ragone served as Head of Business Affairs for Film & Video for Chris Blackwell’s New York based indie, Palm Pictures. During his six-year tenure at Palm Pictures, Ragone played a crucial role in Palm’s acquisition of its current film and video catalog.
“Mark brings strong entertainment business experience that will prove instrumental to our growth as an emerging major independent film and special interest supplier,” stated Fisher. “We are excited to have him aboard the City Lights team.”
In the new position, Ragone will be in charge of the business affairs for all of City Lights’ divisions. He will also work closely with Fisher on the acquisition, production and distribution of content, and business development opportunities. Ragone joins the company at a pivotal point on the heels of its distribution deal with WEA Corp., Warner Music Group's U.S. sales and retail marketing company.
Prior to joining Palm, Mark served as counsel to prominent entertainment law firms and independent film companies.
About City Lights Media Group
City Lights Media Group has become one of New York City's most respected and fastest growing media companies, engaged in film and television financing, production and distribution and operating one of the largest post-production facilities in the country. Principals of City Lights are Danny Fisher, Jack Fisher, Joe Fisher, Michael Almog and Dave Noll. City Lights Pictures executive produced John Waters' "A Dirty Shame" for New Line Cinema and produced supernatural thriller "Tamara" for Lionsgate. City Lights Pictures’ The Ten, which stars Paul Rudd, Jessica Alba and Winona Ryder, will be distributed by ThinkFilm this summer. City Lights recently acquired the distribution rights to Alec Baldwin starrer Brooklyn Rules, which will have its theatrical debut in May. The DVD release of Brooklyn Rules will be handled by City Lights Home Entertainment through its new distribution agreement with WEA Corp.. City Lights Pictures is completing post-production on "Descent," starring Rosario Dawson and produced by Morris S. Levy's MEGA Films. City Lights Pictures is in development on "Interrupted," a feature film adapted from legendary director Nicholas Ray's posthumous autobiography, "I Was Interrupted," to be directed by Philip Kaufman. City Lights Television is currently in production on over 150 episodes of television for networks including TLC, HGTV, Sundance Channel, AMC, Nickelodeon, WE, Speed Channel, DIY, The Science Channel, Oxygen and MTV. Series currently airing include AMC's "Movies 101," HGTV's "Hammered" and "Don't Sweat It," and TLC's "Cover Shot." City Lights Digital's series include its popular daily broadband show "Heavy News" on Heavy.com, and mobile phone series for VH1 and Sprint, "The Dingo Ate My Video."
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