Disney distrib vet began working at the minimajor this week

Lionsgate has brought on Chris LeRoy as interim president of distribution.

The studio had no official comment Thursday, but a person close to the situation confirmed that LeRoy began working at Lionsgate this week.

Leroy resigned his post as exec VP of distribution at Disney early this year.

The distribution prexy slot at Lionsgate has been vacant since 2009 when Steven Rothenberg died of stomach cancer.

The top Liosngate distribution execs are David Spitz, exec VP and general sales manager for theatrical distribution; and Mike Polydoros, exec VP of exhibitor relations and operations.

Lionsgate’s “Abduction” has grossed $23 million domestically in its first three weeks. It has a busy first quarter with “The Possession” on Jan. 6, followed by “One for the Money” on Jan. 27, “Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds” on Feb. 24,” “Safe” on March 6 and “The Hunger Games” on March 23.”

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