Craig Dehmel, who recently exited his post as EVP International Distribution at 20th Century Fox, has landed at Imax. The company today says it has appointed Dehmel to the role of EVP, Head of Global Distribution, Imax Entertainment and SVP of Imax Corporation. The savvy 25-year industry vet is succeeding Imax’s Phil Groves, who will leave October 1 to produce a documentary, Imax’s Asteroid Impact.
Dehmel will report directly to Imax Entertainment CEO and Imax Corp Senior EVP Greg Foster. As Imax continues its international expansion, Dehmel will lead the film distribution function for Imax DMR titles and original content across the global network which currently counts more than 1,110 theaters in over 70 countries.
At Fox, Dehmel managed the theatrical release planning and execution of titles the studio distributed in over 100 markets worldwide. That includes Avatar and the Ice Age franchise as well as this year’s smash Deadpool and last year’s The Martian; and 2014 offshore hit The Fault In Our Stars. In 2014, Dehmel was promoted from SVP Sales and Strategic Planning for Fox’s international unit to EVP International Distribution. That same year, he received the CinemaCon Passepartout Award in recognition of his dedication and commitment to the international film marketplace. This year, he was inducted into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Foster, who has worked with Dehmel across many Fox titles, calls the new hire “a strong advocate of Imax” who has “shown incredible integrity.” He says he’s “delighted to welcome Craig to the Imax family and leverage his experience and extensive industry relationships to lead our global distribution operations and further strengthen our valued studio and exhibition partnerships.”
Dehmel added, “Imax’s powerfully immersive format has been embraced by moviegoers, filmmakers and studios worldwide. Today, Imax is an important player in the international film industry that is helping to shape a new chapter in the worldwide theatrical business. I am thrilled to be a part of such an exciting organization and work closely with Greg and the entire Imax team to share the amazing Imax experience with moviegoers around the world.”
Foster thanked the exiting Groves for his “enormous contributions to Imax over the past 13 years.” The documentary he’s working on will be financed through the Imax Original Film Fund and Groves will continue as a consultant.