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Move follows run of poor B.O. results in U.K.

LONDON — Alex Hamilton has ankled as president of U.K. distribution at Icon Entertainment Intl. following a run of poor box office results this year.

Hamilton, who joined Icon in April 2005, left abruptly last week.

Distrib recently mounted bold 250-print releases of “The Night Listener” and “Trust the Man,” but they grossed just $1.4 million and $1.1 million, respectively.

British comedy “Starter for Ten” earned just $1 million on 84 prints last month.

Hamilton has exited ahead of the Jan. 5 release of Icon’s own Mel Gibson movie “Apocalypto.”

Since Hamilton’s arrival 18 months ago, Icon has been aggressive in acquiring higher-profile and more expensive movies, most of which are set for release in 2007, such as “Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium,” “Alpha Dog,” “It’s a Boy Girl Thing,” “Dan in Real Life,” “Horsemen” and “Black Sheep.”

Before joining Icon, Hamilton was head of sales at Momentum Pictures. He took several months off from the industry to go traveling before taking up the Icon post.

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