Summit Entertainment has promoted Brad Kembel to executive vice-president of international distribution and Deborah Tellis to senior vice-president of international distribution, while Jill Jones rises to senior vice-president of international marketing and publicity.

The three executives have been instrumental in success for the company, where releases like Twilight, Red Cliff and P.S. I Love You propelled Summit’s films to $568m at the international box office in 2008.

This year the sci-fi thriller Knowing has been a key driver ahead of the highly anticipated launch in November of The Twilight Saga: New Moon.

“Brad, Deborah and Jill have made significant contributions to our studio’s international division and their promotions are well deserved,” Summit COO Bob Hayward said. “They are a tremendous team and we are confident that they will continue to build on Summit’s success in the international marketplace.”

Kembel will continue to oversee international distribution of all Summit productions and third party titles in all media, as well as supervising sales administration and distribution finance activities for the company. He has held several executive positions at Summit Entertainment over the past 17 years, most recently as senior vice-president of international distribution.

Tellis will continue to handle the execution of film and video releases as senior vice-president of international distribution. Her new role will increase her presence within 83 international territories, working closely with local distributors on distribution strategy, dating, and the execution of marketing campaigns.

Tellis has served as vice-president of the department since July 2005 and as director since October 2004. Prior to joining Summit, Tellis worked in Sony’s international marketing department. 

Jones will continue to supervise the creation of international marketing campaigns and publicity activities as well as overseeing all international markets, festivals and press junkets.

She joined Summit in 2008 as vice-president of international marketing and publicity from DDA PR, and previously served as senior vice-president of worldwide marketing and communications at Alliance Atlantis Entertainment.