Distribution exec Teerachai Triwongwaranat, a prominent and respected figure in Asian film distribution, died of cancer Jan. 8 in Bangkok. He was 51.
Known as “TT,” Southern Thai-born Triwongwaranat studied as an accountant in Bangkok, and received an MBA in the U.S.
For the past ten years, he worked in Singapore, Hong Kong and Thailand for the interconnected Golden Village and Golden Harvest groups.
Serving variously as programming director, vice president of operations and director of film, he became a veteran of the film festival and market circuits.
He left Golden Harvest’s Hong Kong HQ in June 2004 in order to be closer to his family in Thailand. There he served briefly as chief cinema officer of leading exhibitor Major Cineplex, although also remained a consultant to Golden Harvest.
“He was a friend and father to me,” said Gerald Dibbayawan, who originally brought him into the industry and is now director of Sony BMG in Thailand.
He is survived by his wife Nantavadee, a daughter and a son Nat.