Tony Cianciotta has leftToronto-based Capri Releasing, the 18-month old distribution company of whichhe was founding president. A spokesperson confirmed Cianciotta resigned threeweeks ago but the company has issued no announcement. His name has been removedfrom the company website while Robin Smith, who was operations manager, is nowlisted as general manager. Capri Releasing is the distribution arm of GabriellaMartinelli's Capri Films. Neither Cianciotta nor Martinelli were available forcomment at time of going to press.
A 30-year veteran of theCanadian film industry veteran, Cianciotta was previously senior vice-presidentat exhibitor Cineplex Odeon (now Cineplex Galaxy) where he was in charge of thefilm department for Canada. He served long tenures as a distribution executiveat pre-merger Alliance Releasing, Twentieth Century Fox Canada and Red SkyEntertainment.
During his time at CapriCianciotta acquired such titles as 2005 Golden Bear winner U-Carmen eKhayelitsha and documentaries such as 2004's Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster and 2005's Ballets Russes. Capri Films was the Canadian co-producer of TerryGilliam's Tideland.