SYDNEY — Management changes are afoot at 20th Century Fox Intl., sparked by the pending relocation of one senior exec and a desire to reward two long-serving execs.
Bob Girard has been upped to deputy supervisor for Asia/Pacific for the distrib, based in Tokyo, after serving as senior VP for Latin America in Mexico.
Girard will work with Paul Hanneman, Fox’s Asia/Pacific supervisor, but it’s expected he will segue into Hanneman’s role later this year.
Hanneman, who is based in Hong Kong, wants to move back to L.A. for family reasons after working in Asia for about nine years. It’s believed another post will be found within Fox for the highly regarded Hanneman.
Eduardo Echeverria, Fox’s general manager in Mexico, will replace Girard as Latin America VP.
Scott Neeson, the studio’s president of international theatrical, announced the promotions Wednesday. Neeson declined to confirm that Girard is pegged to slip into Hanneman’s post but noted, “Paul is one of our most valuable executives. He will stay within Fox.”
One of Girard’s first tasks will be to find a candidate to assume the Fox Japan G.M. position recently vacated by Geoffrey Bossiere, who has joined Revolution Studios. Girard is moving to Tokyo this month.
The exec shuffles aren’t related to last week’s upping of Stephen Moore to president of Fox’s newly combined international theatrical and home entertainment operations. Neeson now reports to Moore instead of Fox Filmed Entertainment co-chairman Jim Gianopulos.
“Nothing much changes (apart from) the overseeing role,” Neeson said from Paris, where he’s preparing for the European rollout of “Moulin Rouge,” which bows Friday in the U.K.
Neeson declined comment on the decision by Fox and Warner Bros. to form a joint venture in Singapore (paralleling their long alliance in Thailand), which follows Warner terminating its partnership with Golden Village in Singapore.
He said the promotions reflect a desire to recognize the talents and efforts of those individuals. Echeverria will report to Julian Levin, executive VP of international sales. Fox will look internally for candidates for Echeverria’s former job, Neeson said.
Girard first worked with Fox/Columbia in 1981 as an assistant manager in Panama. Echeverria has been managing director for Fox in Mexico for five years.