Universals Ups Nicholas Carpou To Co-President Of Distribution

By | Tuesday May 31, 2011 @ 11:04am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Universal’s legendary President of Distribution Nikki Rocco is promoting Nicholas Carpou from EVP/General Sales Manager in Distribution to Co-President of Distribution. “For recognition of his 25 years here and 34 years in the biz,” an insider tells me. “He’s a tremendous right hand to Nikki. It’s time.” Rocco, of course, has been President of Distribution at the studio since 1996 and remains the only top female in the male-dominated field (when she was appointed, all the guys said a woman wouldn’t last six months in the job). She’s been in the business for 44 years. You gotta love it. … UPDATE: Universal has issued a press release announcing the promotion:

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA (May 31, 2011) — Universal Pictures’ President of Distribution Nikki Rocco today announced that as of June 1, Nicholas Carpou will become Co-President of Distribution for the film studio.

Carpou, who currently serves as Executive Vice President of Distribution, has been with Universal for 29 years. In his new role, Carpou will become more involved in the day-to-day management and operations of the studio’s distribution division and at this time will remain responsible for oversight of Canada, the Eastern United States and Puerto Rico. He will continue to report to Rocco and work closely with Executive Vice President, General Sales Manager of Distribution, Mark Gaines and Universal’s sales team.

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Rebecca Kearey Upped To EVP Marketing & Distribution At Fox Searchlight International

By | Tuesday May 10, 2011 @ 12:20pm PDT

Rebecca Kearey has been promoted to EVP International Marketing and Distribution at Fox Searchlight International. She will continue to oversee international marketing and distribution for Fox Searchlight Pictures and recently took on the same duties at Fox International Productions. … Read More »

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Relativity Adds TV Sales & Digital Distribution Division

By | Thursday May 5, 2011 @ 10:28am PDT

Relativity Media announced today that it has launched a Television Sales and Digital Distribution Unit that will be led by president David Spiegelman. The group already has closed deals with most digital and video-on-demand platforms and is licensing Relativity films including Limitless, Take Me Home Tonight, Skyline, Season of the Read More »

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Summit, Tele Munchen Group Reup Output Deal Through 2013

By | Monday May 2, 2011 @ 8:02am PDT
Mike Fleming

Summit Entertainment and Dr. Herbert Kloiber’s Tele Munchen Group have renewed their output deal covering all German-speaking territories through 2013. TMG and Summit have been in business since the latter was formed in 2007, and TMG has distributed the Twilight Read More »

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Sundance Documentary ‘The Interrupters’ Acquired By Cinema Guild

By | Monday March 28, 2011 @ 10:11am PDT
Mike Fleming

Those 2011 Sundance Film Festival entries keep finding distribution deals. The Cinema Guild acquired U.S. rights to The Interrupters, a documentary about former gang members who disrupt and defuse violent situations as they happen. Pic was directed by Hoop Dreams‘ Steve James and author Alex Kotlowitz. The plan is to … Read More »

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Imax Promotes Phil Groves To SVP Worldwide Distribution

By | Tuesday March 22, 2011 @ 10:33am PDT

LOS ANGELES, March 22, 2011  – Following a year of significant global theatre network growth, the best box office results in company history and a record number of films, IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) (TSX: IMX) today announced it has promoted Phil Groves to Senior VP, Worldwide Distribution, Studio-Exhibitor Relations.

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Weinstein Co Hires MGM’s Erik Lomis As Prez Of Theatrical Distrib & Home Entertainment

Mike Fleming

UPDATE: The Weinstein Company has confirmed Deadline’s scoop on Erik Lomis. His hiring gives the company a strong distribution executive who was rusting at MGM. (Release is below)

EXCKUSIVE, 12:20 PM: The Weinstein Company is closing a deal with Erik Lomis … Read More »

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Weekend Actuals Lower Than Reported

oopsDon’t you hate when this happens? Distribution departments at each studio wound up overestimating the weekend box office across the board for the Top 10 movies in release. Everyone is claiming it’s an honest mistake, attributing it to the World Cups … Read More »

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Will Clarke Cashes Out From Optimum

By | Tuesday June 22, 2010 @ 9:51am PDT

Optimum_ReleasingThe founder and CEO of Optimum Releasing is leaving to become a producer with long-time business partner Paul Higgins. It was Higgins who bankrolled Clarke in the first place, setting up Optimum on £13,000 back in 1999. Optimum’s turnover last year … Read More »

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Casey Affleck’s Odd Joaquin Phoenix Documentary Heading To Magnolia

By | Thursday June 17, 2010 @ 3:43pm PDT
Mike Fleming

phoenix_narrowweb__300x453,0Casey Affleck, who opens tomorrow playing the lead role of a psycho in The Killer Inside Me, is close to finding a buyer for the mockumentary he directed on the peculiar hip hop career of his brother in law, Joaquin Phoenix. … Read More »

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Bischoff Hervey In Distribution Deal With Shine International

By | Wednesday June 16, 2010 @ 1:45am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Jason Hervey and Eric Bischoff’s reality production company Bischoff Hervey Entertainment TV has signed an overall international distribution deal with Shine International, which will handle distribution for BHE TV’s formats. Shine International already distributes BHE TV’s CMT series Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Championship Wrestling, which as been sold in more than 20 … Read More »

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Latest UK On-Demand Movie Service Elbows Its Way Into Crowded Market

By | Tuesday June 15, 2010 @ 8:45am PDT

PD*10000606Projector.tv, the newest internet movie service, is in talks with local distribs Icon and Artificial Eye. It has already licensed 43 films from Metrodome for its video-on-demand business. The service aims to have 20,000 registered users within two to three years, … Read More »

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How Would Bob Berney Fit Into GK Films?

By | Monday June 14, 2010 @ 7:30pm PDT
Mike Fleming

berneysbioIs former Apparition head Bob Berney going to start a new distribution company at Graham King’s GK Films? My sources describe the move as 75% likely. Berney, who abruptly ditched his Apparition partner Bill Pohlad just before boarding a flight to … Read More »

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PAY UP OR PUT UP? UK Financiers Accuse Indie Film Watchdog Of Being “Toothless”

By | Thursday June 10, 2010 @ 1:16am PDT

Angry JudgeUK investors tell me that film distributors not paying sales agents money owed is putting the whole indieprod business at risk. The problem has gotten worse over the last couple of years as the movie market has tightened. All … Read More »

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The Life of ‘Splice,’ The Unlikeliest Major Studio Summer Release

By | Friday June 4, 2010 @ 2:35pm PDT
Mike Fleming

splicemoviestillThe Vincenzo Natali-directed Splice opens this weekend with the distinction of being arguably the biggest acquisition to ever emerge from the Sundance Film Festival, based on Dark Castle’s  $35 million P&A commitment.

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E1 Entertainment Hires Hanway Exec

By | Thursday May 27, 2010 @ 9:19am PDT

Charlotte Thorp is leaving the London-based sales agent today to become E1’s new London-based head of TV sales and business development for film, UK and Ireland. Thorp will begin work at E1, whose recent releases include The Twilight Saga: New Moon, on July 1. She joined Hanway from MTV Networks … Read More »

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The Weather Channel To Continue On Dish

By | Monday May 24, 2010 @ 7:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

DISH threatened to drop The Weather Channel last week over complaints that the channel doesn’t provide localized weather reports for satellite viewers. DISH had planned to replace TWC with its own weather-themed channel.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. and ATLANTA – May 24, 2010 – DISH Network L.L.C. and The Weather Channel

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Magnolia Buys Eliot Spitzer Downfall Doc

By | Wednesday May 19, 2010 @ 9:19am PDT
Mike Fleming

eliot_spitzerMagnolia Pictures acquired US rights to the Alex Gibney-directed untitled documentary about the downfall of New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer. Gibney showed a work in progress version of the film at the Tribeca Film Festival. It chronicles the rise of … Read More »

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CANNES: Mike Leigh’s ‘Another Year’ To Be Fest’s First Domestic Distributor Deal?

By | Sunday May 16, 2010 @ 11:14am PDT
Mike Fleming

AnotheryearThe Mike Leigh-directed film Another Year is the first Cannes Festival premiere that has sparked interest from the domestic distributor crowd. Everybody got a look at it this weekend, and I’m hearing that Sony Pictures Classics and The Weinstein Company are … Read More »

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