Speciality distributor and exhibitor Curzon has tapped Edward Fletcher as its new CEO.
Fletcher will take over the role from Philip Knatchbull, who departs the company next week.
Fletcher co-founded distributor Soda Pictures in 2002, which handled more than 300 titles and in 2014 was acquired by Thunderbird Entertainment before rebranding as Thunderbird Releasing. Fletcher also set up a film and TV division for games and publishing company Rebelllion and is currently vice chair at Film Cymru Wales.
Curzon, which specializes in arthouse and specialty films, was acquired by Cohen Media Group in 2019. It operates 55 screens across 16 London theaters while its distribution arm has released over 400 films in the U.K. and Ireland, including last year’s “Triangle of Sadness” and “Parasite.”
“Curzon has an unrivalled film heritage, much-loved cinemas and a culturally leading distribution arm,” Fletcher said in a statement. “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 audiences to Curzon.”
“Ed Fletcher’s knowledge of the U.K. film market will be invaluable to Curzon as it continues to expand its business and present the world’s finest films to discerning filmgoers,” said Curzon chairman and owner Charles S. Cohen. “Ed’s production experience will allow Curzon to undertake a more active film production role going forward. We are thrilled to welcome him to the Curzon family.”