The move, announced in a concise press release Friday morning, is effective immediately. It follows news earlier this month that ex-Sundance guru Geoffrey Gilmore will join Tribeca Enterprises in March as a top exec with some oversight of the fest.
Tribeca reps insist the timing is coincidental and that Scarlet's departure relates more to shifts in programming philosophy. Scarlet characterized his exit as a simple case of wanting to move on.
"The term 'Seven-Year Itch' always evokes that famous still of Marilyn Monroe," Scarlet said. "But as my seventh Tribeca Film Festival loomed, I realized simply that it's time for me to seek new challenges."
Programming duties will be handled by exec director Nancy Schafer and the core team of David Kwok and Genna Terranova. Fest reps said it was unclear whether anyone would be given Scarlet's role or the existing programming group will just be reorganized.
"The finishing touches are being put on our program and I am truly thrilled with the slate our programming team has put together," said co-founder Jane Rosenthal.
"We are grateful to Peter for his leadership, his knowledge and his contributions," she added.
The feature lineup for the fest, which runs April 22 to May 3, will be announced in the coming days.