Distrib maven Marty Zeidman dies at 63

Former VP at Lionsgate, Landmark Theatres

Indie distribution vet Marty Zeidman died Wednesday in Los Angeles due to complications from pancreatitis.

For the past seven years Zeidman operated and owned a theatrical distribution company, Slow Hand Releasing, overseeing all distribution, marketing and collection for films including “Benji Unleashed,” “Paper Clips,” “Innocent Voices,” “Kids in America” and “Brooklyn Rules.”

Prior to launching his own company, Zeidman was senior VP-general sales manager at Lionsgate, where he oversaw distribution for films including “Confidence,” “Cabin Fever” and “House of 1000 Corpses.”

Before working at Lionsgate, he was senior VP-head film buyer for Landmark Theaters.

Zeidman held a number of senior management positions at specialty divisions at Sony Pictures Entertainment, Columbia Pictures plus specialty units Fine Line and Miramax.

During his career, Zeidman was involved in releasing films including “My Left Foot,” “Cinema Paradiso,” “The Piano,” “The Grifters,” “The Crying Game” and “Hoop Dreams.”

Zeidman, a graduate of the U. of Bridgeport, is survived by his sister, Lois Tinter; a niece and nephew; and four grandnieces.

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