He will report directly to Greg Foster, CEO of Imax Entertainment and senior exec VP of Imax Corp. Dehmel will lead the film distribution function for Imax titles and original content across the Imax global network currently comprising more than 1,110 theaters in over 70 countries.
Dehmel succeeds Phil Groves, who will leave Oct. 1 to produce his documentary “Asteroid Impact,” which will be financed through the Imax Original Film Fund. Groves will continue as an Imax consultant.
Dehmel had worked at 20th Century Fox Filmed Entertainment as exec VP of international distribution and oversaw “Avatar” and the five Ice Age films.
“I have had the pleasure of working with Craig for many years as our international partner on Fox titles such as ‘Avatar,’ ‘The Martian’ and ‘Deadpool’ and he has always been a strong advocate of Imax and shown incredible integrity,” said Foster. “I’m delighted to welcome Craig to the Imax family and leverage his experience and extensive industry relationships to lead our global distribution operations and further strengthen our valued studio and exhibition partnerships.”
Dehmel’s departure from Fox is one of several as new studio chief Stacey Snider seeks to put her stamp on the executive suite.
“Imax’s powerfully immersive format has been embraced by moviegoers, filmmakers and studios worldwide,” Dehmel said. “Today, Imax is an important player in the international film industry that is helping to shape a new chapter in the worldwide theatrical business.”