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Distribution exec Ted Shugrue dies

Worked at Columbia, TriStar, Loews Cineplex

J. Edward Shugrue, a long time international distribution executive at Columbia, TriStar and Loews Cineplex, died Thursday after a short illness in New Haven, Conn. He was 62.

The son of an entertainment executive, Shugrue became a senior executive and entrepreneur in entertainment-related fields as well.

He was president of Loews Cineplex Intl., longtime head of the Sony Pictures overseas distribution division and most recently served as president-CEO of Envoy Media Partners Ltd.

At Loews Cineplex Intl., he led the company’s expansion into the international market, creating modern multiplexes in Spain, Korea and Italy. Prior to that Shugrue served as executive vice president of Sony Pictures Entertainment, where he headed up international distribution.

In 1983, Ted became one of the first employees of the newly formed TriStar Pictures, where he was instrumental in building the distribution capabilities for TriStar, later Columbia TriStar, and served for 10 years as founding president of Columbia TriStar Film Distributors Intl.

Earlier in his career, he was a branch manager at 20th Century Fox and Columbia Pictures.

Shugrue was a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and a director of the Motion Picture Pioneers. He had a lifelong affiliation with the Will Rogers Memorial Fund and served, as did his father before him, as a VP and director.

Born in New York, he attended Boston U. and the U. of London, where he pursued his interest in theater and communications.

He is survived by his wife, Maeve; three sons; and two brothers.

The family will receive friends at the Graham Funeral Home, Rye, N.Y., on Friday from 7-9 p.m. Memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Chapel, Kent School, Kent, Conn. Donations may be made to Kent School in memory of J. Edward Shugrue, 1 Macedonia Road, Kent, CT 06757.

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