Alex Klenert is Chief Operating Officer at Prodigy Public Relations where he oversees theatrical release campaigns and the Sports PR department. He brings almost 15 years of entertainment public relations and brand marketing experience to the company. With his background as a distribution executive, Klenert is able to offer an elevated level of strategy to film campaigns, sports PR, film festival projects, and corporate communications.
Klenert’s recent notable film campaigns for Prodigy include Spike Lee’s “Red Hook Summer”; Shane Carruth’s “Upstream Color”; Michael Rosenbaum’s “Back in the Day”; John Sayles’ “Go For Sisters”; “The Lifeguard” starring Kristen Bell; “Goats” with David Duchovny; Johnnie To’s “Drug War”; Drake Doremus’ “Douchebag”; “The Trouble with Bliss” with Michael C. Hall, Peter Fonda, and Brie Larson; “Every Day” with Helen Hunt, Liev Schreiber and Carla Gugino; “Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel”; “Carol Channing: Larger than Life”; and multiple films with filmmaker Frederick Wiseman such as “At Berkeley” and “Boxing Gym.”
Klenert has implemented and overseen sports PR campaigns for major studio projects including Twentieth Century Fox’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past”, Warner Bros.’ “300: Rise of an Empire”, Fox’s “Runner Runner”, Fox/Dreamworks’ “Turbo”, Fox’s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”, and indie films such as Steve James’ sports-related concussion documentary “Head Games”, and Stand Releasing’s baseball documentary “Ballplayer: Peletero”, plus sports DVD campaigns for the “2010 NBA Champions Los Angeles Lakers DVD”, “2012 NBA Champions Miami Head DVD”, “NBA A-Z: NBA’s Best Bloopers, Highlights and Hijinx”, and “NBA: Wired”.
Prior to co-founding Prodigy with President & CEO Erik Bright in 2010, Klenert was VP of Publicity at the New York-based indie distribution company THINKFilm. In his role there, he developed and implemented the publicity campaigns for over 50 films, most notably for the Academy Award winning documentary “Taxi to the Dark Side”, in addition to the Academy Award nominated films “Murderball”, “War/Dance”, “Half Nelson” with Ryan Gosling, and Werner Herzog’s “Encounters at the End of the World”. Other theatrical campaigns included “The Aristocrats”, Sidney Lumet’s “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead”, “Candy” with Heath Ledger, Danièle Thompson’s “Avenue Montaigne”, John Cameron Mitchell’s “Shortbus”, “Strangers with Candy” with Stephen Colbert and Amy Sedaris, David Wain’s “The Ten”, and “Good” with Viggo Mortensen and Jason Isaacs. Beyond the theatrical campaigns, Klenert attended film festivals such as Sundance and Toronto with the movies in release, handled all of the corporate communications and announcements for the company, and oversaw and managed the company’s corporate website and online presence.
Klenert previously held a position at Miramax Films where he assisted on the campaigns for films such as Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now Redux” and “Kate & Leopold” with Hugh Jackman.
Additionally, Klenert worked as a publicist at the agency Donna Daniels PR where he publicized more than 45 films including the Academy Award nominated “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room,” plus Nimród Antal’s “Kontroll,” Mario Van Peebles’ “Baadasssss!,” David Cronenberg’s “Spider,” “Bon Voyage” with Isabelle Adjani, Gerard Depardieu, and Virginie Ledoyen, and “Metallica: Some Kind of Monster.” He also worked with Sony Pictures Classics and the New York Film Critics Circle on their corporate communications.
Before his career in the entertainment industry, Klenert started off in hi-tech public relations in New York and then moved into corporate communications and strategic branding in Toronto. He is originally from New York and is a graduate of Roger Williams University.