Means brings more than 20 years of entertainment industry management experience and is a specialist in key account operations, retail distribution, strategic planning, execution and development.

Prior to joining Phase 4 Films he served as general manager of aggregation services at Sony DADC and evp of worldwide operations at Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, among other positions.

“This is a very exciting time for Phase 4 Films and we are thrilled to welcome Ben to our executive team,” Phase 4 president and CEO Berry Meyerowitz said. “He is a skilled and seasoned strategist with the unique experience to lead our business development initiatives in North America.”

“Joining a company with a strong executive team and a preferred distribution model was at the top of my wish list,” Means said. “Phase 4 has proven to be the best-in-class distributor for independent films and TV programming and I am fortunate to be tasked with bringing that provision to third-party partners in the North American market.”