CBS Films took a big step forward with its domestic distribution plans today [Aug 20] as it announced that Steven Friedlander has been named executive vice president of theatrical distribution.

Friedlander arrives from the defunct Warner Independent Pictures (WiP) and will oversee the domestic theatrical distribution for the studio's films and reports directly to film division president and CEO Amy Baer.

Baer called the new hire a respected distribution executive who was 'highly regarded among film-makers and exhibitors alike', adding: 'Steven's hiring rounds out an outstanding senior staff at CBS Films; it's a team with considerable experience and talent in making, marketing and distributing quality films.'

At WiP Friedlander served as executive vice president of distribution and shepherded such titles as March Of The Penguins and Good Night, And Good Luck. Prior to WIP he was executive vice president at Fine Line Features. He began his distribution career at 20th Century Fox in 1984.

CBS Films' development slate includes Crowley to star Harrison Ford and to be directed by Tom Vaughan; Permission written by Karen McCullah Lutz; romantic comedy Plan B from writer Kate Angelo; action thriller Consent To Kill; The Eternals from writer Chris Hauty and director Jeff Wadlow; and a remake of My Fair Lady that is being co-developed with Columbia Pictures.