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Unified Pictures

August 20, 2012 14:14 ET

Unified Pictures Promotes Ben Ruffman to Partner

HOLLYWOOD, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 20, 2012) - Already President of Production, Ben Ruffman was promoted to Partner of Unified Pictures. While continuing with his current responsibilities, which include project analysis, acquisitions, film financing and corporate capitalization, Ruffman will work directly with Keith Kjarval in all areas of production including development, packaging and co-production opportunities.

Ruffman joined the company in 2005, just after its founding, bringing commercial experience from BBC, ESPN and Columbia Pictures. He served as Executive Producer on Unified's acclaimed features The Perfect Sleep, XII, Bob Funk and Janie Jones, and is currently producing the highly anticipated $35 million CG animated feature, Noah's Ark, which is a musical and was written by Philip La Zebnik (Prince of Egypt, Pocahontas, Mulan).

"Ben's vast experience in all areas of production coupled with his acute understanding of the business side of the film industry make him a unique asset for Unified," added Founder and President Keith Kjarval. "His promotion to partner reflects an incredible wealth of contributions to the company and the integral role he will play in the future success of our company."

In addition to Noah's Ark, Unified Pictures is in post-production on their crime thriller A Single Shot (starring Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy, Melissa Leo and Jeffrey Wright) and Decoding Annie Parker (starring Samantha Morton, Helen Hunt, Rashida Jones, Alice Eve and Aaron Paul).

Unified Pictures is a film studio that develops, produces and finances independent feature films and is committed to producing thought provoking live action film as well as, through its own in-house animation studio, CG animated features.

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