Memorial for Veteran Hollywood Publicist Ronnee Sass to Be Held March 18

A memorial service for veteran Hollywood publicist Ronnee Sass will be held March 18 at 1 p.m. at Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles.

Ronnee Sass.

Attendees will “share favorite stories, memories, and laughter and for a graveside dedication,” according to the announcement. Current COVID-19 protocols will be followed, and the ceremony can also be viewed online here using the password sass1948.

Sass, who left her mark on home entertainment through lavish release campaigns for classic Warner Bros. movies such as Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz and an engaging, ebullient personality that made her a favorite among talent and journalists alike, died March 20, 2021, at the age of 72 after a battle with leukemia.

Sass began her home entertainment career at what was then Warner Home Video in 1995, after working in film distribution and co-founding an independent PR and advertising agency in Baltimore — Wolff, Freed and Greenberg.

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For most of her Warner Bros. career, Sass’s focus was on publicizing the studio’s rich library. Over the next 20 years, she was instrumental in big anniversary campaigns for such storied classics as Citizen KaneGone With the WindSingin’ in the RainCasablancaBlade Runner and The Wizard of Oz. She even brought the surviving Munchkins to Beverly Hills for a gala DVD release party for the latter film’s 65th anniversary in 2004 — and to New York five years later for the movie’s 70th anniversary release, a campaign that included a nationwide balloon tour. In January 2006, Sass was promoted from executive director of publicity and promotion to the newly created position of VP of publicity and promotion for theatrical catalog, under Jeff Baker.

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After she left her Baltimore agency and joined Warner Bros., Sass initially handled aspects of the studio’s theatrical Oscar campaigns.

Sass left Warner Bros. in 2014.

Derek Stubinski Named MVD Director of Publicity and Marketing

Derek Stubinski has been appointed director of publicity and marketing at content distributor MVD Entertainment Group.

Stubinski, a 14-year veteran of the company, replaces Clint Weiler, who is leaving MVD.

Derek Stubinski

“I look forward to thriving in this new position and broadening MVD’s horizons,” Stubinski said in a statement. “I’m particularly excited to expand upon Clint’s previous press efforts and relationships. It’s a tall order, but I never back down from a challenge.”

“These are some mighty shoes to fill; Clint has been so great for us for so long and we hate to see him go,” Ed Seaman, COO of MVD, said in a statement. “That said, we’ve got all the confidence in the world that Derek will not only take this role over but grow the department. Wishing Clint the very best with his new endeavors.”

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“After 20-plus excellent years, I have departed MVD to join Z2 Comics where I will serve as the VP of collectibles,” Weiler said in a statement. “I’m very grateful for the time I spent with MVD — nearly half my life. They gave me a shot way back in 2001 as a fresh-out-of-college 22 year old with a passion for music, and a strong desire to work in the industry. Without that chance, there’s no telling what line of work I’d be in. It has really been a terrific ride.”