20th Century Fox (“and it is called 20th Century Fox,” as Distribution President Chris Aronson wryly noted in his welcoming remarks) presented to theater owners at CinemaCon today. The highlight was about 12 minutes of selected scenes from the studio’s holiday release The …
Twentieth Century Fox has named Spencer Klein SVP and assistant general sales manager — the first official hire by Fox’s new domestic distribution president Chris Aronson. Klein, previously with Dallas-based The Film Group, will handle the studio’s theatrical distribution …
Before 20th Century Fox got around to revealing its product reel this morning at CinemaCon, National Association of Theatre Owners president John Fithian came onstage to honor outgoing Fox distribution president Bruce Snyder, who announced his retirement this week. Fithian, introduced by Fox’s current EVP Domestic Distribution and Snyder’s replacement Chris Aronson, said he was shocked by Snyder’s move, saying “it’s like a .300 hitter leaving the game when he is still hitting 300″. He noted that Snyder has the rare ability to solve problems ”with an iron fist and a velvet heart. A good friend with a special gentleness”. Aronson said “no award in existence could mark” the real impact of Snyder’s 36 years with Fox before they brought Snyder out to present him with CinemaCon’s Triumph Award.
Bruce Snyder has run 20th Century Fox‘s domestic distribution business as president since 1989 and is stepping down on July 6. Chris Aronson was just promoted to EVP and General Sales Manager last month and was reporting to Snyder.
Los Angeles (April 24, 2012) __ Bruce Snyder, a 36-year veteran of Twentieth Century Fox and the executive who has overseen the studio’s domestic distribution activities since 1989, will retire from the company on July 6, 2012, it was announced today by Fox chairmen and CEOs Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos.
Chris Aronson, who most recently served as Executive Vice President, General Sales Manager for Fox Domestic Distribution, has been promoted to succeed Snyder.
Commented Gianopulos and Rothman: “For decades, Bruce has represented everything that is good and strong and ethical about our studio and industry. He has not only guided hundreds of our pictures into the theatrical marketplace, he has spent countless hours advising colleagues and even competitors, all of whom have benefited from his wisdom, experience and kindnesses. We are sorry to see Bruce go. He is a prince among men and will be missed by everyone whose lives and careers he has touched. But we know that Bruce’s longtime colleague and friend Chris Aronson, will ably follow in those very large footsteps.”
Twentieth Century Fox has promoted Chris Aronson to EVP, General Sales Manager. Aronson will continue to report to Fox Domestic Distribution President Bruce Snyder, who today made the announcement internally. In his newly expanded role, Aronson – who most recently served as SVP Domestic Distribution — will be responsible for all of 20th Century Fox’s theatrical distribution activities in the U.S. and Canada, while overseeing the company’s field offices in Los Angeles, New York and Toronto.