CULVER CITY, Calif., June 29, 2009 - Steven O'Dell has been named Senior Vice President, International Distribution for Sony Pictures Releasing International, it was announced today by Mark Zucker, President, Sony Pictures Releasing Corporation. O'Dell will continue to report to Zucker. In his new role, O'Dell will add Spain, Portugal, and Scandinavia to the regions he oversees, which also include Latin America and the Caribbean.
Commenting on the announcement, Zucker said, "Steven's direct experience in managing territories provided him the tools to be an excellent distribution executive. His energy and focused approach have contributed in a big way to the success of our movies in the territories where he oversees distribution. I'm pleased to recognize his contribution with this well-deserved promotion, and look forward to continued success as he expands his horizons.
O'Dell most recently oversaw SPRI's successful releases of Angels & Demons and Terminator Salvation in Latin America and the Caribbean. O'Dell has also overseen the releases of the hit films Spider-Man 3, Hancock, The Da Vinci Code, Quantum of Solace, Casino Royale, Pursuit of Happyness, Open Season, You Don't Mess With The Zohan and Click in those territories.
O'Dell began his international career in 1994 with United International Pictures (U.I.P.) in Panama, overseeing interests in Central America and the Caribbean. The next year, he was promoted to General Manager of U.I.P. Chile, after which followed promotions to similar posts in Austria and then Brazil, before his final post as General Manager of Mexico in 1999. In 2001, he returned to the U.S. to join entertainment consultancy Nadia Bronson & Associates. He joined Sony Pictures as Vice President in 2005.
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