As we reported earlier this month, Relativity’s head of distribution, Kyle Davies was leaving the building and in talks with Paramount. He’s finally arrived on the Melrose lot and he’s been named President, Domestic Distribution.
Megan Colligan, President, Worldwide Distribution & Marketing, made the announcement today, and Davies will report to her. Davies fills a much needed void at the studio following the departure of domestic distribution president Don Harris, who was a 14-year Paramount vet. Early on in his career, Davies was SVP of distribution at Paramount, having joined via DreamWorks Pictures. At DreamWorks, he managed the release of such titles as Dreamgirls, Gladiator, American Beauty, Shrek and Shrek 2.
“Kyle’s distribution experience and business acumen is well-regarded throughout the entertainment industry,” said Colligan in a statement. “The distribution landscape is becoming increasingly complex and we are excited to have someone as savvy as Kyle navigating these issues on behalf of the studio.”
Added Davies: “I am thrilled to be returning to the distribution team at Paramount. And I look forward to helping bring Paramount’s exciting line-up of films to audiences across the nation.”
Davies is a 30-year industry veteran with experience in both exhibition and distribution. He began his career in exhibition, working for National Amusements and General Cinema. At Relativity Davies served as the company’s president of worldwide distribution. Prior to his departure, Davies also oversaw the release of those films coming out of RED, Relativity Media and Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp’s joint venture. Davies segued over to Relativity after they absorbed Overture Films where he was EVP of Theatrical distribution.