Former international sales agent Chris Davis died Jan. 4 after a long illness. He was 65.
The British-born Davis started in the movie business 40 years ago as the company accountant for Avco Embassy Pictures, the U.K. subsidiary of the American production and international distribution company. There he became experienced in the various aspects of physical theatrical distribution and was deeply involved in the U.K. release of Oscar winner “A Touch of Class” as well as “Soldier Blue” and John Carpenter’s “The Fog.” In the mid-’80s he joined the company’s international division, where he was involved in the distribution of films including “Escape From New York” and “The Howling.”
Three years later he joined Lorimar Intl., working on the sales and distribution of movies including “Victory,” starring Sylvester Stallone, and Sam Fuller’s “The Big Red One.”
He then took a job as head of international distribution for Trans World Entertainment, where he was involved in the marketing and sales of some 30 films.
In 1988 he joined the newly formed Imperial Entertainment, owned jointly by Scanbox Denmark, then worked briefly for Franchise Pictures as president of international distribution before returning to Imperial. When Scanbox Intl. was shuttered by new owners in 2002, Davis was hired by production and development company Filmengine, where he was head of distribution.
Later, as an independent, he was a consultant to producers including American Cinema Group and Filmwerks.
Davis is survived by his wife, Maryl; a son; and two daughters from a previous marriage.