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Cinema Expo announces top distributor, exhibitor

Oneile, Peixoto to be feted at June expo

United Intl. Pictures chief exec and prexy Paul Oneile and United Cinemas Intl. prez and chief exec Joseph Peixoto will be honored with the Cinema Expo Intl. 1999 awards for distributor and exhibitor of the year, respectively, June 24 at the CEI exposition in Amsterdam.

CEI co-topper Jimmy Sunshine said both men have set new standards of excellence in providing quality entertainment and state-of-the-art theaters and multiplexes.

London topper

Oneile joined UIP, the overseas releasing banner of MGM, Universal/DreamWorks and Paramount, as its London-based topper in late 1996, having served as managing director of leading Oz exhib Greater Union.

Before that, the 25-year movie veteran was managing director of Oz’s Hoyts Entertainment and a UIP regional supervisor.

Peixoto became topper of UCI, a joint venture between Paramount and Universal operating 680 screens in 11 nations, in April 1997. He had been prez of leading Canadian exhib Famous Players and also served as senior veep of both Par’s Theatrical Exhibition Group and Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Theaters.

Organizers said registrations for CEI, which will run June 21-24 at Amsterdam’s Exhibition and Congress Center, are 25% ahead of last year.

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