Edward Fletcher has been appointed CEO of British cinema chain and distributor Curzon, replacing Philip Knatchbull who will step down on November 15 after 17 years with the company.
The appointment was announced by Charles S. Cohen, whose Cohen Media Group acquired Curzon in 2019.
“Ed Fletcher’s knowledge of the British film market will be invaluable to Curzon as the company continues to expand its business and bring the world’s best films to discerning filmgoers,” said Cohen. “Ed’s production experience will enable Curzon to take on a more active film production role. moving forward. We are pleased to welcome him to the Curzon family.”
After managing cinemas in the UK, Fletcher moved into distribution at ICA Projects before co-founding distributor Soda Pictures in 2002, growing his catalog to over 300 titles, including critically acclaimed UK, international cinema and documentary films. In 2014, Soda Pictures was acquired by Canadian media group Thunderbird Entertainment, relaunched as Thunderbird Releasing, with the Palme d’Or winning Shoplifters delivers its biggest hit yet before the company turns its focus to television production.
Fletcher went on to develop a new film and TV division for games and publisher Rebellion before teaming up with producer Emma Biggins to launch new independent production label Beef, which currently has a range of projects in the pipeline from emerging British directors. A former board member of Film London, he is currently vice-chairman of Film Cymru Wales.
“Curzon has an unparalleled film heritage, beloved cinemas and a culturally leading distribution arm,” said Fletcher. “With the strength and collaborative spirit of owners Cohen Media Group, I look forward to working with the team at Curzon and Charles S. Cohen to continue to bring the best of cinema to Curzon audiences.”