Bruce Snyder to retire in July after more than 30 years with studio

Longtime distribution exec Bruce Snyder will retire in July as 20th Century Fox’s president of domestic distribution. He’ll be succeeded by exec veep and g.m. Chris Aronson.

Snyder, who will retire July 6, has worked for Fox distribution since 1989.

“For decades, Bruce has represented everything that is good and strong and ethical about our studio and industry,” said Fox co-chairmen Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman in announcing Snyder’s retirement. “He has not only guided hundreds of our pictures into the theatrical marketplace, he has spent countless hours advising colleagues and even competitors, all of whom have benefited from his wisdom, experience and kindnesses.”

Snyder, a native New Yorker, began his career as a film booker with Paramount in 1968. He later joined Fox as an eastern division manager in 1976, later moving over to the studio’s distribution side in 1989.

Aronson, a 30-year industry vet, joined Fox in 2005 as senior vice president, general sales manager east. In March, the studio promoted him to exec VP and general sales manager. A respected distribution exec, Aronson has helped oversee pics including “Ice Age: The Meltdown,” “X-Men: The Last Stand” and “The Devil Wears Prada” during his tenure with Fox.

Snyder’s departure follows the retirement of distribution maven Bert Livingston in October. Livingston served as senior VP and co-general sales manager for domestic distribution and worked for Fox for nearly three decades.

“You often hear people referring to their workplace and colleagues as ‘family’ — but truly there’s no better word to sum up my feelings about my colleagues, past and present, at 20th Century Fox,” Snyder said. “For all the wonderful pictures I’ve worked on, and for all the gifted filmmakers I’ve met, what I’ll take away most are the memories about so many dedicated and talented coworkers.”

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