Longtime distribution exec Peter Myers died March 13 in in Los Angeles. He was 89.
Born in Toronto, he began his career in the film industry in 1935, spending nearly 40 years with 20th Century Fox. After enlisting in the Royal Canadian Air Force during WWII, he began working for Fox in Toronto, rising from film booker to Toronto branch manager to Canadian managing director. During this time he served as president of the Canadian Motion Picture Distributors Assn., and was a founding member of the Toronto Tent of Variety Clubs Intl.
In 1968, he became general sales manager and then exec VP of domestic distribution for Fox, moving to the head office in New York.
After Fox headquarters moved to Los Angeles in 1972, Myers created the Fox Classics division, the first specialty division of a major studio. He retired from Fox in 1985 and until 1988 served as president of Hemdale Releasing. In 1988 he established Four Seasons Distribution, from which he retired in 1991.
During his long career, he was responsible for distributing films including “Planet of the Apes,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “MASH,” “The French Connection,” and “Star Wars.” He was a longtime member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Elsa; two daughters; two sons and four grandchildren.