Disney’s Kornblum to Receive 2013 CinemaCon Passepartout Award

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Tue, 01/15/2013 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

David Kornblum vice president of international theatrical sales and distribution Asia Pacific and Russia for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International will receive the 2013 CinemaCon Passepartout Award at CinemaCon’s International Day Luncheon. The award is presented annually to an industry executive whose dedication and commitment to the international marketplace is unparalleled. CinemaCon the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners the largest and most important gathering of cinema owners and operators from around the world will be held April 15 - 18 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The International Day Luncheon will take place on Monday April 15 where more than 800 industry executives from the international market are expected to be on hand. “With an infinite passion and love for this great industry and having left his own indelible mark on the world of distribution and exhibition from a global standpoint David Kornblum is the ideal recipient of our annual Passepartout Award said CinemaCon’s managing director Mitch Neuhauser. His dedication to the international marketplace over the past 23 years is unequalled and is clearly evident to everyone in the industry. We are truly delighted to honor such an accomplished professional and to single him out before his peers at CinemaCon 2013. Kornblum has worked for the Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International distribution team for more than 23 years. Over the course of his career he has been involved in the distribution of more than 500 titles across all genres throughout the international marketplace including the very successful releases of the record-setting Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Marvel’s The Avengers Alice In Wonderland and Toy Story 3 all of which grossed more than $1 billion worldwide and chart amongst the biggest releases in industry history. In his current role he oversees the international theatrical distribution of all Disney Studios Marvel Pixar Walt Disney Feature animation and Dreamworks titles in 15 markets including Japan Australia Russia South Korea Taiwan Hong Kong Singapore Malaysia Thailand Philippines Vietnam Indonesia New Zealand and India. The APAC-Russia region is the fastest growing region in the world and historically accounts for over 40 percent of the annual international box-office revenues. In addition to his distribution focus on the APAC-Russia region he oversees all international acquisitions for the division and has been responsible for distributing them throughout the international marketplace. CinemaCon www.cinemacon.com ,3798
Dcinex Increases Stake in Austria

,2013-01-16, Dcinex Belgium has entered into an agreement with Thomas Rüttgers to acquire the 26 percent stake he owns in dcinex Austria. As a result of this agreement dcinex will own 77 percent of dcinex Austria the mother company of its exhibitor services operations in South Eastern Europe (Belarus Croatia Italy Hungary Romania and Russia). In parallel to this transaction Rüttgers owner and managing director of ECCO will leave all his management duties within dcinex including his South Eastern Europe coordination role. Consequently all dcinex country managers will now report directly to Till Cussmann vice president exhibitor services of dcinex.

 We are very enthusiastic to increase our stake in Austria and in South East Europe as it will help us capture a larger share of the growth the region is currently experiencing said Serge Plasch CEO of dcinex. “I would also like to warmly thank Thomas for his friendship and professionalism which truly contributed to the success of dcinex. While the acquisition of FTT Thomas' Exhibitor Services business helped dcinex being well positioned in Germany and in The Netherlands his continued dedication brought us to the next level in more growing regions. When I joined dcinex in 2008 I would never have imagined our company growing that fast and having so many opportunities to develop in particular in Eastern Europe. Being part of it was a real pleasure said Rüttgers who will now act as an independent advisor to the cinema industry.