Universal’s Duncan Clark to Receive CineEurope Distributor Honor

Distribution topper re-ups at UPI; will be staying in London

Universal's Duncan Clark Receive CineEurope Distributor

LONDON — CineEurope, the leading event for European exhibitors, will present its International Distributor of the Year Award to Duncan Clark, president, distribution, Universal Pictures Intl.

Variety can also report that Clark has just re-upped at UPI, and will be staying in London, despite Universal’s recent decision to relocate the head of its international theatrical operations from London to Los Angeles.

The CineEurope honor will be presented as part a special Universal luncheon on June 17 at Centre Convencions Internacional Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain.

“It is a great honor for CineEurope to be able to single out Duncan for all he has done throughout his career as a respected and admired distribution executive in the business,” noted Robert Sunshine, managing director of the event.

“You could not ask for a more dedicated leader whose passion and commitment to both his company and the industry have helped bring quality films to so many moviegoers around the world. This is an honor so richly deserved by an individual who has demonstrated excellence within every aspect of international film distribution.”

Duncan has held the position of UPI distribution president since June 2011. In this capacity, Clark supervises its operating companies, United International Pictures, as well as UPI’s independent partners and sales agents.

Clark was a key executive in helping to set up Universal’s standalone distribution operations internationally as the company transitioned from its UIP joint venture with Paramount Pictures in 2007. He is also responsible for the supervision of the print servicing/post-production adaption/delivery for the company’s international releases.

During his years at the studio, Clark has guided Universal Pictures to some of its best years at the international box office. In 2013 the studio crossed the $2 billion mark at the international box office for the first time in its history, propelled by such hits as “Despicable Me 2,” “Fast & Furious 6,” “Oblivion” and “Les Miserables.”

Prior to joining Universal, Clark was a marketing and distribution consultant on Steven Spielberg’s “War of the Worlds” and “Munich,” taking on a similar role on the 21st Bond film, “Casino Royale.”

Clark spent 14 years at Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures from 1986-2000 in New York and Los Angeles — first as head of its international marketing division, culminating in his role as president of the international distribution. During his years at Sony, he oversaw the release of such critical and commercial hits as “Men in Black,” “Sense and Sensibility,” “As Good As It Gets,” “Jerry McGuire” and “The Mask of Zorro.”

Clark headed up marketing/distribution from 1980-1986 for UIP/U.K., distributor at the time for Universal, Paramount and MGM/United Artists.

Clark is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

CineEurope will take place from June 16-19 at the Centre Convencions Internacional Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain. It will feature screenings of upcoming Hollywood films, sponsored events, seminars and the CineEurope Trade Show. CineEurope is produced by Prometheus Global Media, owner of ShowEast and CineAsia.

CineEurope is the official convention of UNIC, the International Union of Cinemas.