Donald Getz, 73, international, independent film distributor, producer’s rep and sales agent, died Aug. 22 in London after a brief illness. Getz began his career in radio in 1961, and during that period collaborated with Allan Sherman on lyrics and jokes.
In 1952, he entered the film industry, handling U.S. and international distribution of films by Jacques Tati and George Henri Clouzot.
In 1961, he formed a production company, Getz-Buck, which produced a number of films in the U.K. and France. He later formed Playpont Films which produced and distributed TV and theatrical films in the U.K. and America.
In 1963, he co-founded Artixo Films to import films to the U.S. In 1964, he joined Official Films as VP of international.
In 1968, he became consultant to the Humphries Group where he stayed until 1971 when he reactivated Playpont.
Getz was a founding member of the American Film Marketing Assn., and regularly attended international film markets such as AFM, Cannes and MIFED.
Survived by two daughters; four grandchildren and a sister.