Richard Gelfond
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With Gelfond at the helm, Imax surpassed $1 billion in global box office in 2018 for the first time, and the large-format exhibitor is on track to do even better this year, thanks to the blockbuster global performance of Hollywood tentpoles such as “Captain Marvel,” “Avengers: Endgame,” “The Lion King” and “Spider-Man: Far From Home” as well as brisk business for its local-language slate, which includes China’s sci-fi “Wandering Earth” and blockbuster “Nezha” and Japan’s animated fantasy “Weathering With You.” The company now has more than 1,500 theaters in markets as far off as India and China — the latter alone has 660 Imax screens. Gelfond is also pushing the company forward with new technologies such as its next-gen Imax With Laser projection system.


  • Stony Brook University (NY, USA)

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  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
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Imax Board Extends CEO Richard Gelfond's Contract to 2019

Imax Board Extends CEO Richard Gelfond's Contract to 2019

Imax Corp.'s board of directors has extended CEO Richard L. Gelfond's contract for three years, to the end of 2019.The giant-screen specialist made the disclosure Monday in an 8k filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The board said it entered into the employment agreement on Nov. 8, replacing and superseding Gelfond's prior three-year employment agreement, which would have expired on Dec. 31. Gelfond has been the CEO since 2009.Gelfond will receive an annual base salary of $1.2 million and...


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