April 11, 2009

Sundance executive director leaving post

Ken Brecher says he will step down as executive director of the Sundance Institute, the group responsible for the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

Brecher, who will instead serve as the institute's strategic adviser effective April 30, said in a statement he was relinquishing his duties at a time when he is confident in the institute's structure, Variety reported Friday.

I have completed my work in building an outstanding leadership team, Brecher said. I could not be more confident that the institute is now poised for the next phase of its innovative work in supporting independent artists.

The Sundance Institute credited Brecher, who held his post for 14 years, with establishing its Documentary Fund and overseeing the Sundance Theater Program, while also attracting grants for the film group.

Variety said Brecher's decision comes two months after Sundance Festival Director Geoff Gilmore left his post to serve as Tribeca Enterprises chief creative officer.

While programming director John Cooper has been named as Gilmore's successor, the search for Brecher's replacement has yet to begin.