IFC Films Promotes Harris Dew to General Manager, Vice President

Dew replaces longtime executive John Vanco amid personnel shakeups at the company.

IFC Films has officially named a new CEO for the New York-based IFC Center.

Longtime executive Harris Dew has been announced as the art theater’s new vice president and general manager. Dew oversees all operations and programming at the IFC Center. Dew previously served as Vice President of Programs and Promotions at the IFC Center; will now report to Scott Shooman, Interim President of IFC Films.

The news comes amid a shake-up at IFC, as Arianna Bocco stepped down as president of IFC Films after 17 years, which included two years at the helm of the company. Dew replaces John Vanco, who left his position as vice president and general manager of IFC Center for a role as Netflix’s theatrical programmer. On Monday of this week, Laura Sok announced that she would be stepping down as head of advertising at IFC Films.

“Harris has been instrumental in making the IFC Center a beloved cultural institution in the independent and documentary communities, particularly in bringing to life the highly successful DOC NYC festival and ensuring a diverse and inclusive lineup of films and events,” said Shooman. said. “With his great programming sensibilities and strong industry connections, we look forward to Harris leading the IFC Center in its next chapter.”

Commenting on his appointment, Dew added, “I’m incredibly excited to take over the IFC Center and build on our proud 18-year history of bringing great films to New York. Theatrical exhibition of films is still the best way to make people fall in love with films, and I am honored to continue to have the opportunity to present important artists and provide a vibrant cinema experience for film lovers.”

Dew has been with the IFC Center since 2005, when she joined as Director of Programs and Promotions. In his first role, he programmed engagements, repertory film series and special events for the downtown New York arthouse. In addition to overseeing marketing and communications, he was part of the founding team of DOC NYC, the annual documentary film festival produced and presented by the IFC Center. Dew has worked in the arts for over 25 years, previously holding film programming and publicity positions at the Film Forum, the Museum of Modern Art, MPRM, the San Francisco International Film Festival, and New Yorker Films.

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