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Scott Kaplan joins Gravitas as SVP of global sales

Scott Kaplan has joined worldwide distributor Gravitas Ventures as senior vice-president of global sales. In his new role, Kaplan will expand the indie distributor’s international sales presence by selling and licensing Gravitas’ ...
April 28, 2017

Scott Kaplan has joined worldwide distributor Gravitas Ventures as senior vice-president of global sales.

In his new role, Kaplan will expand the indie distributor’s international sales presence by selling and licensing Gravitas’ new releases and library titles to foreign distributors, TV networks and VOD platforms worldwide.

The distribution and sales veteran will report to Gravitas president Michael Murphy.

“In addition to having great sales acumen, Scott brings a critical expertise to our team,” said Murphy, in a statement. “He has a great eye for global acquisitions. In the last few years we’ve seen strong international growth, and with the addition of Scott we’re going to step on the gas to further increase global awareness.”

Before joining Gravitas, Kaplan was the SVP of global sales at Gunpowder & Sky Distribution, the New York arm of the Los Angeles-based digital studio. He came to Gunpowder & Sky from FilmBuff, where he served in the same position following a term as their head of distribution.

In four years, he oversaw domestic and international sales for more than 400 Gunpowder & Sky and FilmBuff releases, including The Little Hours, Hounds Of Love and This Changes Everything, while also focusing on acquisition, corporate strategy and business development.

Kaplan jumpstarted the licensing and sales business at FilmBuff, spearheading the hybrid global distributor/foreign sales agent model. Gravitas will look to him to build on that achievement while establishing its first New York office.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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