Oz distrib topper ankles

Lum to leave Dendy to start new shingle

SYDNEY — Troy Lum has ankled as topper of one of Australia’s leading arthouse distribbers, Dendy Films, a division of Becker Entertainment.

Becker topper Richard Becker confirmed Lum’s amicable departure to set up his own business.

Lum refused to disclose details of the new shingle, which could face stiff competition in a sector which recently gained two new distribbers: Icon and Hoyts. “There’s always enough room if you’ve got the right product,” he said.

Lum started at Dendy in 1996 as assistant to then topper Lynne McCarthy. The financially-strained company was acquired by Becker and underwent a substantial overhaul before a 24-year-old Lum took the reigns in 1998.

Shingle’s highlight during his tenure was “The Blair Witch Project,” co-distributed with Becker Films to 200 screens, it earned $A10 million ($5.4 million).

“Amelie,” which he acquired at script stage, earned Dendy $3.5 million since its Christmas release and contributed to a 2001 B.O. of $4.9 million.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety