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A Feature Film Studio Releasing Quality Movies in All Genres

Established in 2007, CBS Films is a multifaceted studio handling the development, financing, production and marketing of theatrical motion pictures.  CBS Films releases span all genres including such titles as "The Mechanic," "Beastly," "The Woman in Black," "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen," "Seven Psychopaths," The Kings of Summer," "The To Do List," "Last Vegas," "Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Pride,” "The DUFF,” “Hell or High Water” and "Patriots Day."

 

The Principals

Terry Press

President

Terry Press is the President of CBS Films. She oversees creative, distribution, marketing and physical production for CBS Films.

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Press' tenure with the division has included homegrown hits like “Last Vegas” and “The DUFF” as well as acquisitions like Cannes Grand Prix winner “Inside Llewyn Davis” and “Pride.”  Prior to joining CBS Films, Press served as the principal of 7570 Marketing Inc., where she consulted on several CBS Films releases, including “The Mechanic,” “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” and “The Woman in Black.” Additionally, she has consulted on recent films such as “The Hunger Games,” “Julie & Julia,” “The Social Network,” and “Valkyrie.” Prior to 7570, Press served as the head of marketing for DreamWorks SKG, where she oversaw the campaigns for all live-action and animated features, including “Saving Private Ryan,” “American Beauty,” “Gladiator” and “Shrek.”

Steven Friedlander

Executive Vice President, Theatrical Distribution

Steven Friedlander is Executive Vice President of Theatrical Distribution for CBS Films.

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Friedlander joined CBS from Warner Independent Pictures (WIP), where he served as Executive Vice President of Distribution. At WIP, he shepherded distribution plans for titles such as "March of the Penguins" and "Good Night, and Good Luck."

Prior to joining WIP, Friedlander was the Executive Vice President at Fine Line Features, where he spearheaded theatrical distribution. From 1989 to 1996, he rose through the distribution at New Line Cinema becoming Senior Vice President. Friedlander began his career at 20th Century Fox in 1984.

Reid Sullivan

Chief Financial Officer

Reid Sullivan is the Chief Financial Officer for CBS Films.

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Sullivan joined CBS from First Look Studios, where he served as CFO. He oversaw finance operations for the independent studio, its subsidiary, First Look Home Entertainment, and the company’s key operating divisions in television, film and branded content.

Prior to joining First Look Studios, Sullivan was CFO for Village Roadshow Pictures Entertainment, where he developed a credit line of $1.4 billion to co-finance films with major studios. During his six year tenure, Village produced over 40 films including "The Matrix Reloaded," "Ocean's Eleven," and "Ocean's Twelve," "Miss Congeniality," and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."

Before joining Village, Sullivan spent eight years with Sony Pictures Entertainment, serving as vice president and controller for Columbia TriStar Film Distributors International. In addition he was the director of financial operations for Columbia Pictures. He started his career in 1985 with the accounting firm Arthur Andersen & Co.

Sullivan is a Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Rik Toulon

Executive Vice President and General Counsel

Rik Toulon is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of CBS Films. He oversees all legal activities for the company as well as performs certain business functions in connection with the company’s distribution, finance, acquisition, key vendor and strategic alliance arrangements.

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Toulon joined CBS from the law firm of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP where he was a Partner in the Entertainment and Media Group. During his time in private practice, he represented major studios, independent production companies, television networks, new media distribution platforms, video game publishers, toy creators, visual effects companies, investors, producers, writers, rights holders and other institutional and individual clients on various transactions, including the development, production, financing and distribution of numerous feature films, and acted as lead entertainment counsel in connection with multiple multi-billion dollar major motion picture studio acquisitions.

Toulon has been consistently recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading California media and entertainment transactional attorney, in Los Angeles Magazine as a Southern California Super Lawyer in entertainment and media and in Best Lawyers in America. He started his legal career as a corporate lawyer with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meager & Flom LLP.

He received his J.D. degree from the University of Southern California and a B.A. degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles. Toulon is a member of the Planning Committee for the University of Southern California Institute on Entertainment Law and Business and a member of the Board of Councilors for the University of Southern California School of Theatre.

Scott Shooman

Executive Vice President, Acquisitions and Co-Productions

Scott Shooman is the Executive Vice President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions for CBS Films.

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Shooman has overseen the production and completion of films such as “Love The Coopers,”  "The Woman In Black" and "Seven Psychopaths".  In his tenure there he has also acquired films such as "Inside Llewyn Davis", "What If", "The Kings Of Summer", "Salmon Fishing In The Yemen", "The Words", and "Afflicted".  Prior to his time at CBS Films, Scott rose through the ranks at Sony Pictures Entertainment over the course of a decade.  Starting off there in 2000 as an executive assistant, he first worked for Screen Gems and Sony Home Entertainment on such titles as "The Squid And The Whale", "Super Size Me", "Stomp The Yard" and "The Gospel", before moving on to the newly formed Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group in 2006.  At SPWAG Scott was behind the acquisition and/or production of films such as "We Own The Night", "The Fall", "Harry Brown", "The Boondock Saints II", "The Imaginarium Of Dr Parnassus", "Attack The Block" and "Insidious" to name a few domestic titles of note.  He was also instrumental in the international acquisition of films such as "Book Of Eli", "Machete", "Hanna", and "The Men Who Stare At Goats". 

Scott Graduated in 2000 from USC’s School of Cinema Television with a bachelor’s degree in Critical Studies. In 2013, he received his MBA from USC’s Marshall School of Business.  

Smoking Policy

SMOKING AND TOBACCO DEPICTION POLICY

CBS Films recognizes the serious health risks that accompany tobacco use. That’s why CBS Films has developed policies to decrease depictions of smoking and tobacco products in the films it produces, particularly youth-rated films. To that end, CBS Films’ current policies and practices include the following:

• CBS Films makes no product placement, tie-in or other promotional arrangements with tobacco companies for any of its films, regardless of rating. No CBS Films production may receive consideration of any kind in exchange for depicting tobacco or tobacco-related products in a CBS Films film.

• CBS Films discourages the depiction of smoking or tobacco in youth-rated films. CBS Films will communicate this policy to its filmmakers, but also will take into account the creative vision of the filmmakers recognizing that there may be situations where a filmmaker believes that the depiction of smoking or tobacco is important to a film.

• If a CBS Films youth-rated film contains depictions of smoking or tobacco, the end credits of the film will include the following language: “CBS Films did not receive any payment or other consideration, or enter into any agreement, for the depiction of tobacco products in this film”.

CBS Films will regularly review the implementation and effectiveness of this policy and may also recommend revisions to this policy.