(October 7, 2004 - London) - Peter Taylor has been appointed Managing Director UK & Ireland, Warner Bros. Pictures International UK, it was announced today by Warner Bros. Pictures International's Veronika Kwan-Rubinek (President, Distribution) and Sue Kroll (President, Marketing), and Joshua A. Berger, Executive Vice President & Managing Director, Warner Bros. Entertainment UK. Taylor, who joins the Studio in January 2005, will be responsible for the distribution and marketing of Warner Bros. Pictures' films to theatres throughout the UK and Ireland. In addition, he will manage and develop the Studio's relationship with exhibitors and represent Warner Bros. Pictures on a number of industry bodies. Taylor will report to Berger as well as to Warner Bros. Pictures International's Con Gornell, Senior Vice President, European Marketing and Monique Esclavissat, Senior Vice President, European Theatrical Distribution. "We are delighted Peter is joining the team. He is one of the most respected distribution executives in the UK film industry, with a reputation as a savvy operator and strong innovator. His proven talent, vast experience and excellent track record will further strengthen our talented theatrical team. With such high profile films as ‘Batman Begins,’ ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ and ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ on our 2005 slate, having Peter oversee our releases in this crucial market gives us not only great comfort, but also a great deal of optimism for success," said Berger. Taylor joins from Columbia Pictures, where for the last five years, he has been Director of Distribution, overseeing the release of such film successes as “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”; “Men in Black”; “Men in Black II”; “Spider-Man” and “Spider-Man 2”. Most notably during his tenure, the movie “Snatch” became the highest opening 18 certificate of all time. Prior to that he was Director of Sales, a position he held for nine years. He first came to distribution in 1982, joining Columbia EMI Warner as a Sales Executive. Although his experience in the UK film industry has predominantly been in distribution, Taylor became increasingly involved in production projects from inception to release during his 22 years at Columbia TriStar.
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