LONDON — Former Columbia TriStar Intl. exec Jimmy Katz, who most recently was the Motion Picture Assn.’s VP for Europe, Middle East and Africa, died May 8 in Brussels after a long illness.
Katz joined the MPA in July 1999, where he was responsible for theatrical and video regulatory developments, monitoring developing markets and several specific territories including Russia.
Before that, he held various international distribution positions over a long career with the U.S. studios. From 1974-87 he held a series of managing director posts for the Warner/Columbia joint venture in Argentina, the Netherlands, Belgium and Portugal.
On dissolution of that partnership, he set up Col’s new French office, serving as managing director in charge of theatrical distribution and marketing until he transferred to London as managing director of Col TriStar Films (U.K.) until 1995.
From 1995-99, he worked in Los Angeles for the same studio as vice president, international.
Katz was a U.S. citizen who was educated in Paris for both secondary and higher level studies. He was fluent in French, Spanish, Portuguese and Dutch.
He is survived by his wife, Raquel, and son, David.