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Anchor Bay Films hires distribution ace Bill Lewis

Lewis joins as svp of theatrical distribution and marketing and most recently served as evp and general sales manager at Summit Entertainment, where he worked on the Twilight and The Hurt Locker, among others.

Prior to Summit he spent more than a decade at MGM heading Eastern US theatrical distribution efforts for such films as Hotel Rwanda, Legally Blonde and the James Bond franchise featuring Pierce Bronson.

He has held theatrical posts at Hemdale, Lorimar, DEG and UA Theatres.

“Bill has a tremendous history in the theatrical business and has been key in the release of some very high profile franchises,” said Anchor Bay Entertainment president Bill Clark.  “We extremely pleased to have an executive of Bill’s calibre and experience join our senior team.” 

“I’m very excited to be working with Bill Clark and the entire Anchor Bay team,” said Lewis. “Anchor Bay Films has created a unique distribution niche with their strategy of aggressive acquisitions and star-driven titles. With that, there are many opportunities ahead and I look forward to taking advantage of them.”

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