London – 01 June 2011 – Universal Pictures International (UPI) today announced the promotion of Duncan Clark to President of Distribution. Clark previously served as Executive Vice President of Distribution for UPI since 2006, reporting to David Kosse, President of International, Universal Pictures.
Clark was a key executive in organizing and establishing Universal Pictures’ autonomous overseas operations as the company transitioned from its UIP joint venture with Paramount Pictures in 2007. Since then, he has guided Universal Pictures to two of its best years at the international box office in 2007 and 2008. In 2008, box office reached $1.714 billion propelled by the global box office phenomenon Mamma Mia! which grossed over $460 million in territories outside of North America.
David Kosse commented: “Duncan was one of my first hires when we made the decision to establish our own international operations. His knowledge of the worldwide distribution market has been invaluable in driving our strategy. UPI’s tremendous success over the past four years is a testament to his efforts, and he will be vital to our growth moving forward.”
As President of Distribution, Clark supervises Universal Pictures’ Operating Companies, UIP Joint Ventures and manages relationships with the company’s multitude of independent sales agents. Clark’s oversight of Universal product ensures the company optimises its revenue through the various windows.
A resident of North America for twenty years, Clark enjoyed fourteen years at Sony Pictures culminating in his role as president of their international theatrical division from 1996-2000. He joined Sony in 1987 as VP of international marketing based in NYC.
Across his successful career, Clark helped launch more than 1,000 films, and maximized the revenues for some of the world’s most successful motion pictures. Prior to joining Universal, Clark served as partner of Pacific Media International where he produced independent movies and acted as marketing consultant on a number of high profile Hollywood movies.
Clark’s expertise helped propel Fast Five to dominate this year’s international box office. The film set the record as the biggest international weekend in Universal’s history, beating the previous weekend record of $84.3M set by King Kong.