Megan Colligan appointed president of IMAX Entertainment

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IMAX Corp. appointed Megan Colligan president of IMAX Entertainment and executive VP, IMAX Corporation. Reporting to Rich Gelfond, CEO of IMAX Corp., Colligan’s appointment will be effective Feb. 19, 2019, immediately following a consulting period.

She will oversee IMAX’s global Entertainment division and will help grow the company’s worldwide box office and cultivate IMAX’s strategic relationships and partnerships in the entertainment industry. Colligan also will be responsible for the company’s domestic and international film slates, global distribution and programming of the IMAX theatre network and postproduction, quality control and DMR process (IMAX’s proprietary film conversion technology). She will oversee IMAX’s own original content development, production and distribution and the company’s alternative-content strategy. Additionally, she will play a key role in shaping IMAX’s Film Fund strategies as well as developing partnerships in the emerging streaming marketplace.

The company and Greg Foster also announced that, as has been anticipated, Foster will exit from his role as CEO of IMAX Entertainment and senior executive VP, IMAX Corp., when his current contract concludes at the end of the year.

In making the announcement, Gelfond said, “Given Megan’s extensive experience in the entertainment industry, she has a unique perspective on how it is evolving and what IMAX can do to grow our global entertainment business in new and innovative ways. Her strong relationships with film studios, exhibitors, filmmakers and talent around the world will help us take our already robust partnerships to the next level and build exciting new ones.

“I’d like to thank Greg for his dedication and commitment to building IMAX’s blockbuster film business and contributing to our overall success. He is a great friend who has worked tirelessly for IMAX and I’m grateful for his enormous contributions over nearly two decades. His relentless drive to build relationships across the industry in both domestic and international markets with the finest filmmakers, studios and exhibitors was critical in helping IMAX become the global brand that audiences equate with the best moviegoing experience on the planet.”

“After nearly 18 years at IMAX, I leave extremely proud of what we've built and accomplished,” said Foster. “I want to do everything possible to guarantee the continued prosperity of a company I have known and loved for such a long time. I can’t think of anyone better to hand the baton to than Megan. We’ve been friends and colleagues for many years and she’s a professional and talented film executive. I look forward to working with Megan to ensure a smooth transition of responsibilities. I’m leaving the company I helped build in excellent hands. Rich and everyone at IMAX will always be part of the extended Foster Family.”

“One of the many things that attracted me to IMAX is the strong spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation the company has long been dedicated to since the very beginning,” said Colligan. “We’re at a really interesting time in the content business and IMAX is uniquely positioned to help drive the future of our industry by leading the way with technological innovation, creative problem-solving, and smart, thoughtful experimentation. I’m excited to be to be a part of a company, led by Rich, that is at the forefront of advancement.”

From 2006 to 2017, Colligan served in executive roles at Paramount Pictures, most recently as worldwide president of marketing and distribution from 2014 to 2017. She spearheaded the marketing and distribution efforts for many of Paramount’s most successful franchise properties, including Transformers, Anchorman, Terminator, Mission: Impossible, Star Trek, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and G.I. Joe and was the architect of the launch for the Paranormal Activity franchise. During this time, Colligan also oversaw Paramount’s Home Entertainment division, a $1 billion annual business for the studio. From 2011 to 2014, Colligan served as head of domestic marketing and distribution, and she was co-head of domestic marketing from 2008 to 2011. During her time at Paramount, the studio earned 14 Best Picture Oscar nominations in 11 years.

A member of AMPAS, Colligan was also the winner of the 2013 Sherry Lansing Award from Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles. She has served on the organization’s board since receiving the honor. She chairs the marketing committee and serves on the executive committee and fund development committee.