Former Warner Japan Chief Bill Ireton To Distribute ‘Macbeth’ (EXCLUSIVE)

KYOTO — Ireton Entertaiment, a new production and distribution company launched by former Warner Entertainment Japan boss William Ireton, has teamed with major talent agency and media company Yoshimoto Kogyo to distribute Justin Kurzel’s “Macbeth” in Japan.

The deal, which Ireton is to announce on Saturday at the Kyoto International Film and Art Festival, is a first for all the partners. They plan to release the film, which premiered in competition in Cannes, in the early summer of next year. StudioCanal is distributing worldwide.

Bill Ireton was Warner’s president and representative director in Japan until his abrupt departure earlier this year. He had been with the company for 26 years.

In addition to distribution, Ireton Entertainment is teaming with Yoshimoto to produce content for domestic and world audiences, and advising the Japanese giant on its overseas business plans.

Under Ireton’s leadership Warner Japan embarked on a successful strategy of local production and distribution, culminating in the smash hit “Ruronin Kenshin” a period action duology, which collectively earned nearly $100 million following its two-stage 2014 release. Other major hits in Japan during Ireton’s executive tenure include the “Matrix” trilogy, “The Last Samurai,” the “Harry Potter” series, and “Letters from Iwo Jima.”

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