Former Lionsgate EVP of international distribution Amy Wood has joined Crunchyroll as vice-president, global theatrical distribution.
Wood arrives as Crunchyroll prepares to release Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero this week in its widest global footprint of 90 countries. It opens on Thursday in North America in more than 4,000 locations and in the UK/Ireland on Friday in more than 500.
As a member of the commerce leadership team, she will grow the global distribution business and bring together Crunchyroll’s distribution teams in North America, the UK, Australia, Germany, and France. Based in Los Angeles, she reports to SVP of global commerce Mitchel Berger.
Anime releases will range from event-style launches to tentpoles and the company aims to release seven to 10 titles a year theatrically.
“As anime continues to grow, Amy’s vast experience with both the exhibitor and fan community will be critical to bringing the theatrical anime experience to audiences worldwide,” said Berger. “She could not come at a better, more exciting time as we open Dragon Ball Super and work with our partners at Sony.”
At Lionsgate, Wood oversaw distribution in all international territories for a significant portion of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group slate, shepherding The Hunger Games, The Twilight Saga and John Wick franchises, as well as Knives Out, Wonder, La La Land, 12 Years A Slave and Green Book.
She joined Lionsgate in 2012 as vice president of international distribution. Prior to Lionsgate she served as vice-president of exhibitor relations at Summit Entertainment, and before that was vice-president of marketing at Pacific Theatres.