U taps TriStar distrib exec to oversee int’l

Former Columbia Intl. prexy joins Kosse in London

Universal Pictures has hired former Columbia TriStar Intl. prexy Duncan Clark as exec VP, international distribution, based in London.

Clark will report to David Kosse, U’s London-based president of international marketing and distribution.

Kosse is spearheading the rollout of U’s standalone foreign theatrical operation from 2007 following the breakup of United Intl. Pictures, the studio’s joint venture with Paramount.

British-born Clark spent 13 years at Col TriStar Intl. and was president for the last year. He ankled in 2001 and returned home to Blighty. Since then he has had various production and financing ventures, as well as acting as a foreign distribution consultant to Steven Spielberg on “Munich” and “War of the Worlds.”

“Duncan’s experience and knowledge of the global marketplace and relationships with both filmmakers and exhibitors make him the ideal person to help us build a world-class theatrical distribution team,” Kosse said.

Starting in 2007, Universal and Paramount will go it alone in 15 major foreign territories, while a much reduced UIP will continue to service releases from both studios in 20 territories.

U will take over UIP’s local outposts in Spain, Germany, Italy, Benelux, Austria, Switzerland and Russia, while Par will inherit the UIP operations in the U.K., France, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and Mexico.