Vernon, Brown promoted at U.K. distrib

LONDON — U.K. distrib Metrodome has announced a top level restructuring of its operations following the recent departure of its CEO and general manager.

Jazz Vernon has been promoted to head of distribution with immediate effect. Sales, marketing operations and PR departments will report directly to him. Vernon joined Metrodome in 2005 and was previously head of marketing and operations. He will report directly to current CEO Mark Webster.

James Brown has been promoted to head of acquisitions and productions and will also report to Webster. Brown previously headed up acquisitions for Tartan Films following stints at The Works and Celsius. Brown will oversee the Metrodome production slate, which includes “Age of Heroes,” shooting now, starring Sean Bean and Danny Dyer, and “Curse of the Dragon,” starring Vinnie Jones and Danny Glover. “Age of Heroes” is launching for sales through Content Film at the Cannes Film Festival next month.

Jamie Brewer will be responsible for sales and new business and commercial development. Brewer will report to Vernon for sales and to the CEO in all other areas. He previously held posts at Fremantle Media and Warner Bros.

“This is an exciting time for Metrodome and I am proud to be working alongside three of the most talented executives in the business,” said Webster. “We look forward to implementing our revised business plan and building on recent successes.”

The current restructuring follows the recent departure of CEO Peter Urie and general manager Sara Frain. Urie resigned from the distrib March 31 to concentrate on production work while Frain stepped down on April 6 after five and a half years with the company.

Metrodome, which focuses on specialist, independent and arthouse pics, announced it was scaling back its theatrical business in March, which stands at 12 theatrical releases a year. It also releases 60 titles on DVD a year.

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