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New Line’s new man

Tuckerman is new exec veepee and sales topper

New Line Cinema has named former United Artists Theatre Circuit film buyer David Tuckerman to the newly created post of exec VP and general sales manager.

New Line distribution president Al Shapiro tapped Tuckerman for the No. 2 theatrical distribution spot after he conducted a four-month search for a chief lieutenant.

Tuckerman, who will be based in Los Angeles and report to Shapiro, is expected to assume his new post early next month.

“David has a comprehensive background in exhibition, having done everything from operating theaters to booking theaters to handling settlements,” Shapiro said. “I really feel that someone who has an understanding of the trials and tribulations of exhibition can make things work for both sides.”

Familiar faces

The two exhibition veterans have known each other since the late ’60s when Shapiro, then a district manager for the AIT circuit, hired Tuckerman as assistant manager of a single-screen theater in Brick Town, N.J.

New Line has not had a general sales manager since Shapiro was promoted to distribution president in April 1997.

Shapiro became the company’s top distribution exec after the January departure of marketing and distribution chief Mitch Goldman. Shapiro, who had reported to Goldman, now reports directly to New Line Cinema president and chief operating officer Michael Lynne.

For the past year, Tuckerman has served as UA’s head film buyer for the southeast region. Before that, he spent 12 years at Loews Theatres, most recently as VP of film.

From 1971 to 1986, Tuckerman served held various executive positions at the New Jersey-based Music Makers circuit, which Loews acquired in 1986.