Nicole Quenqua, who resigned as head of national and corporate publicity for The Weinstein Company on May 15, has been hired by Participant Media as senior VP, communications.
Quenqua had been with TWC since 2011. While there she led the promotional campaigns for films including “Lion,” “Django Unchained” and “Silver Linings Playbook.” Before coming to TWC, she served as VP at Rubenstein Communications and a senior publicist at Focus Features.
At Participant, a company focused on what it calls “entertainment that inspires social awareness,” Quenqua will lead and supervise entertainment publicity, events and corporate communications, reporting to Christina Kounelias, executive VP, worldwide marketing. She will be based in the company’s Los Angeles office.
“We are looking to Nicole to bring her experience to expand the company’s outreach with influencers, media partnerships and curated events that will inform Participant’s unique brand,” Kounelias said in a statement.
Earlier this month, TWC’s assets were purchased for $310 million by Lantern Capital, saving the studio from filing for bankruptcy.
Harvey Weinstein surrendered to New York City Police on May 25 and was arrested, processed and charged with rape, sex abuse and sexual misconduct involving two women. He was released on $1M bail. A New York grand jury on May 30 indicted Weinstein on two counts of rape and one count of a criminal sex act committed in 2004 and 2013.
More than 80 women have accused the Weinstein Co. co-founder with sexual misconduct. He has denied any non-consensual sexual conduct with anyone.
Weinstein, 66, turned to Juda Engelmayer of New York-based Herald PR for spokesperson duties following the April 3 decision of Sitrick And Co. to cut ties with the embattled movie producer.