Eric Pleskow

Executive
Executive who began his involvement with film after WWII, when he served as a civilian film advisor for the U. S. War Department. After many years working in foreign sales and distribution for United Artists, Pleskow ... Read more »
Born: 04/23/1924 in Austria

Filmography

Producer (2)

Dial 9 For Love 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Beyond Rangoon 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Executive who began his involvement with film after WWII, when he served as a civilian film advisor for the U. S. War Department. After many years working in foreign sales and distribution for United Artists, Pleskow became their executive vice president and chief operating officer in 1973. Five years later, however, he left UA to co-found Orion Pictures Corporation, where he served as president and CEO until 1991.

Relationships

Barbara Pleskow

Wife
spent time in the 1980s classifying Greco-Roman archaeological sites in Egypt

EDUCATION

City College of New York

New York , New York

George Washington High School

New York , New York

Milestones

1999

Entered into producing partnership with Leon de Winter to form PlesWin, a production company that was a joint venture with Senator Films

1998

Elected president of the Viennale film festival in December

1991

Named chairman of the board, Orion Pictures

1978

Resigned to become (along with Arthur Krim, Robert Benjamin, Mike Medavoy and Bill Bernstein) one of the founders of Orion Pictures Company; served as president and CEO

1973

Named executive vice president and chief operating officer of UA as of January 1

1962

Named vice president in charge of foreign distribution, UA

1952

Named sales manager for South Africa

1951

Joined United Artist as Far East sales manager

1946

Served as film officer, US War Department

1928

Moved to the USA

Served as executive producer of "The Hollywood Sign" (lensed 2000)

Worked as assistant general manager with Motion Picture Export Association in Germany

Became assistant continental manager

Called into the Army before graduation; discharged in 1946

Served as president and CEO

Formed an Amsterdam-based production company with Leon de Winter

Served as executive assistant to continental manager

Worked as continental manager

Appointed president and CEO of Orion Pictures Corporation

Served as continental representative for Sol Loesser Productions

Worked as sales manager for Germany

Bonus Trivia

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One of Pleskow's film ventures for the War Department won a citation.

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Director Jonathan Demme remarking on what he considers the unorthodox nature of the executives at Orion Pictures: "These guys are suckers for the idea that you can get an audience for what might be a good film."

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Woody Allen had been involved with Pleskow and Krim (and later, Orion Pictures) in various capacities dating from 1964.

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