Kevin Wilson has been named president of theater distribution for MGM and parent company Amazon Original Studios.
The promotion was announced at CinemaCon, the annual gathering of theater owners and Hollywood studios in Las Vegas. It also comes as Amazon makes a big move into theatrics, starting with Ben Affleck’s Sky.
Wilson essentially succeeds Erik Lomis, the veteran distribution executive who passed away suddenly on March 22. He was Lomis’ colleague for many years.
Word of Wilson’s ascension was announced by Courtenay Valenti, the newly installed head of film, streaming and theatrical for Amazon Studios and MGM. She said Lomis’ passing was a “hugely sad moment and a great loss to everyone who knew and worked with him,” but that the companies are happy with Wilson.
“We are in a very dynamic and exciting time as the integration of the MGM Film Group and Amazon Studios is complete. Six weeks ago, we merged the AOM and MGM creative development and production teams under Julie Rapaport. Julie’s team is now executing our larger movie strategy across both distribution platforms. As a result, now is the right time to combine both theater distribution groups into one unified team,” Valenti said in a note.
Wilson has helped release over 100 movies across all genres, including MGM’s Bond pic No time to die. In addition, Kevin was a key distribution executive at several start-up companies, including Summit Entertainment and Open Road Films.
Mark Boxer, who had led theatrical distribution for Amazon Studios, will now report to Kevin’s group as head of the specialty theater department. In his new role, Mark will oversee the releases of select feature films and Prime Premiere releases.
“We are fortunate to have two such talented distribution executives as we continue to grow and invest in our film business. Please join me in congratulating Kevin, Mark and their combined team,” said Valenti. “And don’t hesitate to share this email with any partner teams.”