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Myriad taps distrib sr. VP

Horley to manage operations in int'l territories

HOLLYWOOD — In a move to ramp up its international sales and distrib operations, Myriad Pictures has appointed Samantha Horley senior VP of international distribution for the indie production, sales and distribution outfit headed by co-prexys Kirk D’Amico and Philip von Alvensleben.

Based out of the company’s London office, Horley will report to Eric Christenson, Myriad’s L.A.-based exec VP of sales and distribution. Horley will manage distribution operations responsible for international theatrical and all-rights sales and distribution in territories including the U.K., Spain, Italy, Scandinavia, Benelux, Switzerland, Australia and Asia (excluding Japan).

“I have known Samantha for many years and have always felt that she is one of the most knowledgeable and highly respected sales people in the business,” said Christenson. “She has an excellent reputation in the industry, and we are very fortunate to have her join Myriad.”

“I am thrilled to be joining Myriad Pictures, a company which has become a serious contender to the long established sales companies in an amazingly short space of time,” said Horley. “I am also looking forward to helping Myriad continue to build their London office into an increasingly high profile acquisitions and production center.”

Horley joins the company from her previous post as VP of international sales for Summit Entertainment, where she was responsible for theatrical sales on titles including “American Pie,” “The Blair Witch Project” and “U-571.”

Before joining Summit, Horley was a sales exec with Polygram Film Intl., where she worked on titles including “Fargo,” “The Game” and “Bean.”

Myriad’s upcoming slate includes Chen Kaige’s first English-language feature, “Killing Me Softly,” starring Heather Graham and Joseph Fiennes; the Al Pacino starrer “People I Know”; and “The Good Girl,” starring Jennifer Aniston.

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