Lion lofts Lomis

Veep to become prexy of pic distrib'n

HOLLYWOOD — Erik Lomis, a senior veep at MGM since 1993, has been promoted to prexy of distribution.

The move is the first staff shuffle under Bob Levin, the Lion’s new prexy of worldwide theatrical marketing and distribution. Reporting to Levin, Lomis will continue to be responsible for sales and distribution of MGM’s domestic theatrical releases.

Levin told Daily Variety the promotion was “recognition that Erik is my No. 1 go-to guy in distribution.”

Move shores up that department following the recent departure of distribution topper Larry Gleason and marketing head Gerry Rich. The studio is gearing up for a fall schedule that includes John Woo’s “Windtalkers” and Barry Levinson’s “Bandits,” and Levin’s expertise is in marketing — he was film marketing prexy at Sony before joining the Lion.

Size looks right

Levin said he was pleased with the size of the distribution department. It’s too early to say, he added, whether further staff changes will be forthcoming.

Lomis’ promotion also comes after MGM/UA’s “Jeepers Creepers” grossed $15.8 million to win last weekend’s box office derby.

“As we continue to roll out an exceptional roster of films in the coming months,” said Lomis, “I look forward to collaborating with Bob and the entire MGM distribution and marketing team in devising very disciplined strategies to ensure each film’s successful opening.”

Before coming to MGM, Lomis was senior veep of the national film department at United Artists Theaters.

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