Former Fox head of domestic distribution Chris Aronson has joined Paramount Pictures as president of domestic theatrical distribution, effective December 2.
Kyle Davies, who has headed Paramount’s domestic distribution division since 2016, is departing the studio.
At Fox Aronson oversaw North American distribution of Avatar, the X-Men and Deadpool films, and Bohemian Rhapsody, among others. In his new role he will report to president of worldwide marketing and distribution Marc Weinstock, and co-president of worldwide marketing and distribution, Mary Daily.
Aronson worked with Paramount chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos at Fox, as well as Weinstock. He exited the Fox fold after the Disney merger earlier this year.
“In an ever-evolving distribution landscape, Chris has the ideal balance of experience in the arena and strategic acumen, as well as strong filmmaker relationships,” said Weinstock and Daily. “We are thrilled to have him onboard and can’t wait to see where his leadership takes our distribution strategy and team.”
They added, “Kyle is the consummate professional and has been an incredible asset to Paramount’s distribution business, as well as a fantastic colleague to all of us fortunate enough to work with him. We thank him for his dedication and service.”
Prior to his tenure at 20th Century Fox, Aronson served as executive vice president and general sales manager for MGM, and prior to that he was senior vice president for Rentrak Corporation where he started the theatrical division.