EXCLUSIVE: Veteran exec Roya Vakili has been promoted to Senior Vice President Marketing at Fox Searchlight Pictures International. Vakili was previously Vice President. She joined the company in 2006 and has managed all international marketing functions, working across the entire Searchlight slate, including the recent overseas campaigns for Best Picture Oscar winner The Shape Of Water ($113M+ international box office) and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri ($103M+).
Fox Searchlight Pictures International President Rebecca Kearey says, “Roya has helped to build the campaigns for many of our most successful international box office hits. She covers the whole gamut of marketing for our films, and her consummate creativity has made her an invaluable member of our team.”
Prior to joining Fox Searchlight, Vakili was the Promotions Director for two Clear Channel Washington DC radio stations, and also worked for Ubisoft Entertainment in San Francisco as an International Product Manager. She has an MBA from Pepperdine University and an MFA from the Producers Program at UCLA.
Her work on other international marketing campaigns at Searchlight include for Black Swan, Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Desendants and Juno.
Searchlight is coming off a banner run. The International division is a specialized marketing and distribution team that oversees the offshore release of the Searchlight slate. Headed by Kearey, the group is based in LA and also includes marketing executives in key international territories.