CULVER CITY, Calif., October 19, 2011 – Mark Zucker is retiring from his role as president, Sony Pictures Releasing International, and Steven O’Dell has been promoted to fill that role, it was announced today by Rory Bruer, president, Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Zucker’s retirement comes after 36 years in the industry and 27 with Sony Pictures. He has worked closely with Bruer and Jeff Blake, chairman, Sony Pictures Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, to build an international distribution team that is among the very best in the business. Among the many, many hits in his career, Zucker orchestrated the international releases of the Spider-Man franchise, The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, as well as the two most recent James Bond films, which were the highest-grossing films in franchise history. In recent years, Zucker has overseen the distribution of such international smash hits as The Smurfs® (which spent eight weeks atop the international box office charts), 2012, Hancock, and such upcoming releases as The Adventures of TinTin. Under Zucker’s leadership, Sony Pictures has surpassed $1 billion at the international box office in 11 of the past 12 years, including 2011. Since Zucker took over the reins of international distribution in 2001, SPRI has delivered 36 $100 million-plus releases and over $14 billion in box office.

O’Dell joined Sony Pictures in 2005 as a vice president and was promoted to senior vice president in 2009; in his most recent role, he oversaw Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain, Portugal, and Scandinavia. Prior to joining Sony, O’Dell started working in 1994 with United International Pictures (UIP) in Central America and the Caribbean. He held management posts for UIP in Chile, Austria, Brazil and Mexico. He returned to the US in 2001 to join consultancy Nadia Bronson & Associates. (more…)