EXCLUSIVE: Universal exec Dave Jarmain joins UK outfit Icon Film Distribution.

UK distributor Icon Film Distribution has named former Universal Pictures executive Dave Jarmain head of theatrical sales with immediate effect.

Starting at Universal in 2006, Jarmain most recently served as senior sales manager for the UK.

During his tenure at Universal he worked on titles including Jurassic World, Minions, the Fast & Furious franchise, Fifty Shades of Grey, Mamma Mia!, as well as Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom and Asif Kapadia’s Senna

Prior to Universal Pictures, Jarmain worked for indie Momentum Pictures, working on titles including Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Downfall.

Jarmain replaces Jeremy Baum who has joined StudioCanal.

Jarmain said: “At Universal I’ve been incredibly fortunate to work on such a varied and successful slate of films. Icon has an enviable line-up for the rest of 2015, into 2016 and beyond. It’s an exciting time to be joining them.”

Icon’s slate for 2015/2016 includes Shane Black’s detective thriller The Nice Guys, starring Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling and Kim Basinger; the Luc Besson produced action-thriller The Transporter Refuelled starring Ed Skrein; Miles Ahead directed by and starring Don Cheadle and Ewan McGregor; and Tom Tykwer’s A Hologram For A King starring Tom Hanks; Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon starring Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks and Keanu Reeves.

Recent releases for IFD in 2015 include Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young starring Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried and David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows.