CineEurope to honor Universal International's Duncan Clark
CineEurope will present its 2014 “International Distributor of the Year” Award to Duncan Clark, president of distribution at Universal Pictures International, during a special Universal luncheon on June 17 at Centre Convencions Internacional Barcelona (CCIB) in Barcelona, Spain.
“It is a great honor for CineEurope to be able to single out Duncan for all he has done throughout his career as a respected and admired distribution executive in the business,” noted Robert Sunshine, managing director of the event. “You could not ask for a more dedicated leader whose passion and commitment to both his company and the industry have helped bring quality films to so many moviegoers around the world. This is an honor so richly deserved by an individual who has demonstrated excellence within every aspect of international film distribution.”
Clark has served in his current position since June 2011, supervising Universal Pictures International’s operating companies, United International Pictures (UIP), and UPI’s independent partners and sales agents. He was a key executive in helping to set up Universal’s standalone distribution operations internationally as the company transitioned from its UIP joint venture with Paramount Pictures in 2007. He is also responsible for the supervision of the print-servicing/post-production adaption/delivery for the company’s international releases.
During his years at the studio, Clark has guided Universal Pictures to some of its best years at the international box office. In 2013 the studio crossed the $2 billion mark at the international box office for the first time in its history, propelled by such hits as Despicable Me 2,Fast & Furious 6, Oblivion and Les Misérables.
Prior to joining Universal, Clark was a marketing and distribution consultant on Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds and Munich, taking on a similar role on the 21st James Bond film, Casino Royale.
Clark spent 14 years at Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures from 1986-2000 in New York and Los Angeles, first as head of its international marketing division, culminating in his role as president of international distribution. During his years at Sony, he oversaw the release of such critical and commercial hits as Men in Black, Sense and Sensibility, As Good As It Gets, Jerry Maguire and The Mask of Zorro.
As an original resident of the U.K., Clark headed up marketing/distribution from 1980-1986 for UIP U.K., the distributor at the time for Universal, Paramount, and MGM/United Artists.
Clark is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).
CineEurope will take place June 16-19, and will feature screenings of upcoming Hollywood films, sponsored events, informative seminars and a tradeshow. CineEurope is the official convention of the Union Internationale des Cinémas/International Union of Cinemas (UNIC).