WASHINGTON D.C. -- Jack Ledwith, Senior Vice President of International Distribution for Universal Pictures, will receive the "2012 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 23 - 26, 2012 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The International Day Luncheon will take place on Monday, April 23, 2012, where more than 800 industry executives from the international market are expected to be on hand.

"Jack Ledwith is one of the most outstanding, dedicated and respected executives working in the industry today," said Neuhauser. "Throughout his long and illustrious career, he has made significant contributions to furthering the advancement of the international marketplace, and because of his many accomplishments, it is our great pleasure to bestow him with the 2012 CinemaCon Passepartout Award."

Ledwith is currently the Senior Vice President of International Distribution for Universal Pictures, a position he has held since 2007. In this role, he oversees all aspects of international distribution for the studio's feature film slate including the assessment of release dates and box office results, as well as managing the Los Angeles international office. He joined Universal in 1996 as Director of International Planning and Analysis, and during Ledwith's tenure at Universal, the studio had its three highest grossing years at the international box office. He has worked on several international blockbusters including: "Jurassic Park," "Mamma Mia!," "Inglourious Basterds" and the "Bourne," "American Pie" and "Fast and Furious" franchises. Before coming to Universal, Ledwith worked in domestic distribution at Avco Embassy Pictures in New York City. He started working in international distribution at DeLaurentiis Entertainment Group in 1988 and moved over to Carolco Pictures from 1990 to 1996. He is currently on the steering committee of Universal's Content Protection Team, and he is also an active member of the NBC Universal Mentoring Program.


International Box Office: 'John Carter' Shows Strength Abroad on March 11, 2012

johncarterreview.pngDisney's John Carter made up for a relatively weak $30.6 million debut at home by bringing in $70.6 million abroad from 55 territories representing 80% of the market.

Other international grosses:

This Means War: $9.4 million from 3,662 locations in 52 markets. International cume = $57.5 million.

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island: $9.2 million from 53 markets. International cume = $200 million.

Safe House: $6.1 million from 3,500 locations in 50 markets. International cume = $61.6 million.

Hugo: $5.5 million from 2,086 locations in 33 territories. International cume = $62.2 million.

War Horse: $5.2 million from 52 territories. International cume = $88.5 million.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows: $4.3 million from 28 markets. International cume = $335.6 million.

The Devil Inside: $3.6 million from 1,909 locations in 46 markets. International cume = $30 million.

Chronicle: $3.4 million from 1,984 locations in 26 markets. International cume = $50 million.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: $3.1 million from 495 screens in the UK. International cume = $17.3 million.

Project X: $3 million from 860 locations in 13 countries. International cume = $7.3 million.

The Descendants: $1.8 million from 1,699 locations in 44 markets. International cume = $86.7 million.




WASHINGTON, DC -- On Thursday, March 15th, the Motion Picture Association of America will host a screening for DC-area principals and educators of Bully, a new documentary chronicling the stories of kids in classrooms across the country who are dealing with aggressive and relentless bullying by their fellow students. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion focused on the challenges educators face in dealing with bullying in the classroom and how best to ensure that kids feel safe and protected when they come to school.

Bully has been screened and honored at dozens of film festivals around the world, including the Tribeca Film Festival, Zurich Film Festival and Screen Singapore, to name just a few. Bully will open in theaters in New York and Los Angeles on March 30, and in Washington DC and other cities on April 13.

Participating in the panel discussion will be MPAA Chairman Senator Chris Dodd, Bully distributor Harvey Weinstein, Bully director Lee Hirsch, DC Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson and Dr. Joseph Wright, Senior Vice President and head of the Child Health Advocacy Institute at Children's National Medical Center in Washington. The panel will discuss the issues raised in the film and the importance of a national conversation among students, parents and educators about bullying in America's schools. The panel will facilitate a discussion with the audience of principals, teachers and administrators to hear about their experiences and how they have handled bullying in their own schools.

NOTE: Due to extremely limited seating, the screening and panel discussion are by invitation only. Press access is also by invitation only.



HOLLYWOOD, CA -- At the SXSW 2012 Film Festival today, Paramount's Insurge Pictures announced it will release The Loved Ones in theaters nationwide this June 2012 by offering moviegoers an exciting way to see it first. Through an innovative collaboration with Tugg, Inc., a collective action web-platform that enables individuals to choose the films that play in their local theaters, fans can sign up today at to book a screening and invite friends to see one of the most buzzed about horror films of the summer. Those who sign up will be given notice when they can begin to set their June screenings. Chosen by popular demand to be part of Tugg's "Encore Screening Series" at the South By Southwest Film Festival 2012, The Loved Ones will screen at the festival on March 9th at 9pm at the Alamo Drafthouse Village in Austin, TX.

Written and directed by Sean Byrne, The Loved Ones has steadily grown a large underground following due to its enthusiastic reception as a midnightmovie favorite at festivals like SXSW, Fantasia and Toronto International Film Festival. Described as "Sixteen Candles meets The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" (, the film has ardent supporters who have said The Loved Ones is "raw horror fun done right" ( and "one of the best pure horror flicks I've seen in ages" (

"Those who have seen and heard about The Loved Ones have been clamoring for its theatrical release," said Amy Powell, President, Insurge Pictures. "This is a truly terrifying film that brings new meaning to the horrors of dating and we're excited to give fans the unprecedented opportunity to personalize their movie going experience."

"We're thrilled to work with Paramount's Insurge Pictures to help give fans everywhere the unique ability to share this movie with their community. The Loved Ones is the kind of film that shocks, horrifies and entertains in a way that's best experienced in a crowded theater," said Tugg co-founders Nicolas Gonda and Pablo Gonzalez.


Los Angeles, CA -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX) and Twentieth Century Fox today announced that Prometheus, the summer's scariest action event picture and director Ridley Scott's return to the genre he helped define, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® 3D format and released in IMAX® digital and film theatres domestically and in a select number of IMAX theatres internationally, starting June 8, 2012.

Sir Ridley directs and produces the film, which is written by Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof. Prometheus: An IMAX 3D Experience features a stellar international cast that includes Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green and Charlize Theron.

"Ridley Scott is one of the best storytellers of our time, whose groundbreaking films Alien and Blade Runner changed the landscape of the science-fiction genre," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "We're excited about Prometheus and proud to add him to the prestigious list of directors whose films have been presented in IMAX."

The IMAX release of Prometheus will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX 3D Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.


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