Gooder to assume duties on Jan. 1

Bruce Davey is stepping down from his post as CEO of Icon Prods. President of acquisitions and development Mark Gooder will assume that role on Jan. 1 at the production, finance and distribution company founded by Davey and Mel Gibson.

Davey will segue to chairman of the board and will be joined by chief financial officer Vicki Christianson and Gooder, who are both joining the board.

Gooder will oversee the activities of Icon Prods., Icon Entertainment International and the U.K. and Australian distribution companies. Gooder established the Australian distribution company for Icon in 2000 and moved to Los Angeles in 2006 to oversee production, acquisition and distribution activities.

Davey praised Gooder for possessing “all the necessary skills and enthusiasm to move Icon forward to the next level.” He added, “We have an excellent team in Vicki Christianson, David Miercourt and Ariel Veneziano, and Mel and I are extremely optimistic (about) Icon’s future.”

Icon’s slate includes Paul McGuigan’s “Push,” starring Chris Evans, Djimon Hounsou and Dakota Fanning, which it is co-financing and co-selling with Summit Entertainment; Australian coming-of-age family drama “The Black Balloon,” starring Toni Collette; and Kyle Rankin’s horror comedy “Infestation.”

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