ShowEast to honor Disney's Ken Caldwell


Ken Caldwell, senior VP, North American theatrical sales, for Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Distribution, will be awarded the 2014 Show “E” Award at ShowEast during the Final Night Banquet & Awards Ceremony hosted by The Coca-Cola Company on Oct. 30 at the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Florida. The annual award is presented to an industry member for exceptional achievements and dedication to the industry.

“ShowEast is truly honored to be able to bestow Ken Caldwell with this year’s Show ‘E’ Award,” stated Andrew Sunshine, co-managing director of the convention. “For over 30 years, Ken has devoted himself to the distribution of blockbuster Walt Disney Studios films to delighted audiences in North American and Canadian theatres, as well as to U.S. armed forces and their families.”

Caldwell oversees the theatrical distribution of all Walt Disney Studios films throughout the United States, Canada and their territories, including Disney, Disneynature, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Touchstone releases. He has been a distributor of every Disney film from the 1986 release Down and Out in Beverly Hills to the recent hit releases of Disney’s Frozen and Maleficent and Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, including all 14 Pixar films and all four films of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Of the 509 titles he has helped distribute at Disney, more than 80 have passed $100 million in domestic gross and more than 30 have passed the $200 million plateau.

A 33-year industry veteran, Caldwell has taken on roles of increasing responsibility and strategic planning for over 30 years with The Walt Disney Company. Before assuming his current role in 2011, he served as VP of sales for the Eastern division starting in 2003 and as VP of sales for the Southeast division starting in 1999. Prior to joining Disney, he was a film buyer for General Cinema.   

Caldwell has been a champion of Disney’s support for the military and their families, helping Disney become the first major studio to bring first-run films directly to Army and Air Force Exchange theatres in the continental United States. This summer, Disney and The Exchange will host screenings at the Lewis-McChord base in Tacoma as well as Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan.

ShowEast 2014 will take place Oct, 27-30 and will feature screenings of major upcoming films, sponsored events, timely seminars and a trade show.