Cates takes Gef­fen lead

Los Angeles Times - - CALENDAR - — David Ng

Gil Cates Jr. has been named ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the Gef­fen Play­house, the com­pany’s board of di­rec­tors an­nounced Fri­day. Cates has been serv­ing as in­terim man­ag­ing direc­tor of the ven­er­ated theater com­pany since Fe­bru­ary and has been a board mem­ber for the past few years.

Cates is the son of Gil Cates, the late pro­ducer who helped cre­ate what is now the Gef­fen Play­house in the mid-1990s and who led the theater for most of that time un­til his death in 2011.

In a re­cent in­ter­view, Cates had said his new ti­tle would take ef­fect June 1. He said that he and artis­tic direc­tor Randall Ar­ney were equals in the or­ga­ni­za­tion and would work to­gether to lead the com­pany.

Cates stepped in as in­terim man­ag­ing direc­tor in Fe­bru­ary fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of Ken Novice, who had held the role for more than five years. The com­pany has de­clined to dis­cuss the na­ture of Novice’s de­par­ture.

Cates said he was bring­ing a con­ti­nu­ity of lead­er­ship to the Gef­fen that was started by his fa­ther. “I bring an el­e­ment of what he had in terms of fundrais­ing and ties to the film in­dus­try,” said Cates, who has di­rected and pro­duced sev­eral fea­ture films.

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