WASHINGTON D.C. -- David Kornblum, Vice President of International Theatrical Sales and Distribution Asia Pacific and Russia for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International, will receive the "2013 CinemaCon Passepartout Award" at CinemaCon's International Day Luncheon, it was announced today by the convention's managing director, Mitch Neuhauser. The "CinemaCon Passepartout Award" is presented annually to an industry executive whose dedication and commitment to the international marketplace is unparalleled. CinemaCon, the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), the largest and most important gathering of cinema owners and operators from around the world, will be held April 15 - 18, 2013 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The International Day Luncheon will take place on Monday, April 15, 2013, where more than 800 industry executives from the international market are expected to be on hand.
"With an infinite passion and love for this great industry, and having left his own indelible mark on the world of distribution and exhibition from a global standpoint, David Kornblum is the ideal recipient of our annual Passepartout Award," said Neuhauser. "His dedication to the international marketplace over the past 23 years is unequalled and is clearly evident to everyone in the industry. We are truly delighted to honor such an accomplished professional and to single him out before his peers at CinemaCon 2013."
David Kornblum has worked for the Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International distribution team for over 23 years. Over the course of his career, David has been involved in the distribution of more than 500 titles across all genres throughout the international marketplace, including the very successful releases of the record-setting "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," Marvel's "The Avengers," "Alice In Wonderland" and "Toy Story 3," all of which grossed more than $1 billion worldwide and chart amongst the biggest releases in industry history.
In his current role, he oversees the international theatrical distribution of all Disney Studios, Marvel, Pixar, Walt Disney Feature animation and Dreamworks titles in 15 markets including Japan, Australia, Russia, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, New Zealand and India. The APAC-Russia region is the fastest growing region in the world and historically accounts for over 40% of the annual international box-office revenues. In addition to his distribution focus on the APAC-Russia region, he oversees all international acquisitions for the division and has been responsible for distributing them throughout the international marketplace.
In his previous position at Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International, he was the Vice President of International Theatrical Sales and Distribution where, as the home office sales lead, he focused on sales planning, strategy and analysis. During his tenure, the company reached the $1 billion annual box-office threshold for the first time and has now crossed this plateau for 18 years in a row - a consecutive record unmatched by any other distributor. He played an integral role in propelling the company to a new performance record in 2010 when the company attained $2.3 billion in overseas box office. The $2 billion milestone was also crossed in 2011 and 2012.
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures announced today that the studio has crossed the $2 billion international box office threshold for 2012, the third consecutive year in which the studio has accomplished that feat.
Notable leaders among the studio's biggest international hits in 2012 are Marvel's The Avengers ($891 million), Brave ($317 million) and John Carter ($210 million). The studio's current release, Wreck-It Ralph, has tallied $51.1 million from just 26 territories (30 percent of the international market).