Gordon Prend to be based in L.A.

Independent home video distributor Ventura Distribution has named Gordon Prend as senior VP of marketing.

Prend will handle marketing, publicity, creative services and strategic partnerships for all Ventura DVDs, which include releases on its UrbanWorks, StudioWorks, Studio Latino and Ventura Select labels. He will report to Ventura president Jim Weatherson in Los Angeles.

Prend, who has worked in marketing for more than 15 years, previously served as VP of brand marketing for Universal Studios Home Video, director of marketing for DVD and rental at Warner Home Video and senior brand manager of new business development for Buena Vista Home Entertainment.