Craig Dehmel to lead global film distribution for IMAX Entertainment

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IMAX Corporation appointed Craig Dehmel to the role of executive VP and head of global distribution for IMAX Entertainment and senior VP, IMAX Corporation. He will report directly to Greg Foster, CEO of IMAX Entertainment and senior executive VP of IMAX Corporation.

Dehmel will lead the film distribution function for IMAX DMR® titles and original content across the IMAX global network currently comprising more than 1,110 theatres in over 70 countries.

Dehmel succeeds Phil Groves, who will leave IMAX on Oct. 1 to produce his documentary, IMAX’s Asteroid Impact, which will be financed through the IMAX Original Film Fund. Groves will continue as an IMAX consultant. 

A seasoned entertainment industry executive with over 25 years of experience, Dehmel joins IMAX from 20th Century Fox Filmed Entertainment, where he served as the company’s executive VP of international distribution. At Fox, he managed the theatrical release planning and execution of Fox-distributed titles in over 100 markets worldwide, including the industry’s biggest international box-office title, Avatar, in 2009, and Ice Age, the industry’s biggest animated franchise encompassing five films from 2002 to 2016. In 2014, Dehmel received the CinemaCon Passepartout Award in recognition of his dedication and commitment to the international film marketplace and he was recently inducted into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

“I have had the pleasure of working with Craig for many years as our international partner on Fox titles such asAvatar, 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.”

“IMAX’s powerfully immersive format has been embraced by moviegoers, filmmakers and studios worldwide. Today, IMAX is an important player in the international film industry that is helping to shape a new chapter in the worldwide theatrical business,” said Dehmel. “I am thrilled to be a part of such an exciting organization and work closely with Greg and the entire IMAX team to share the amazing IMAX experience with moviegoers around the world."

“I want to personally thank Phil for his enormous contributions to IMAX over the past 13 years,” added Foster. “While he is leaving this job at IMAX, he remains part of the IMAX family and will stay connected to us through his IMAX documentary, with which we wish him the very best, and in his role as an IMAX consultant.”