Miramax announced on Monday that Eric Doctorow has been named executive vice president and will head Miramax’s worldwide home entertainment and distribution efforts.
Doctorow will report to Miramax chief Mike Lang, who was appointed CEO of the company in December.
Doctorow spent more than 20 years at Paramount, most recently as its home entertainment division president. Prior to joining Miramax, he managed MGM's worldwide home entertainment and was the general manager for Fox home entertainment arm.
His responsibilities at Miramax will also include overseeing digital and licensing opportunities, the company said.
More to come. In the meantime, here's the release.
SANTA MONICA, CA -- March 7, 2011 -- Miramax today announced that Eric Doctorow has been appointed Executive Vice President, effective immediately. Doctorow will lead Miramax’s worldwide home entertainment and distribution efforts, and his responsibilities will also include supporting digital and licensing opportunities. Doctorow will report to Mike Lang, Miramax’s CEO.
“Eric is a tremendous addition to our senior leadership team, and we are very pleased that he is joining Miramax,” said Lang. “Eric brings an unparalleled range of experience in the home entertainment business and an impressive track record of innovation and creativity -- especially in library product. Our partnerships in home entertainment and international distribution are a key part of our strategy, and Eric will manage these important relationships, not only with existing partners such as Lionsgate, but the many more to come.”
Since closing the Miramax transaction in December 2010, Lang and the Miramax team have signed several long-term distribution deals. In addition to Lionsgate, these include Studiocanal for home entertainment in Europe, Echo Bridge for select Miramax titles in the U.S., and Alliance Films in Canada. Doctorow will have day-to-day responsibility for all of these strategic relationships going forward.
"I am thrilled to be joining Miramax at this time in its history," Doctorow said. "Mike is assembling a terrific team of passionate and experienced executives. I am proud to be joining them as we all work to re-establish Miramax's legacy of passion and excellence."
Prior to joining Miramax, Doctorow managed MGM Home Entertainment Worldwide as the General Manager for Fox Home Entertainment. Previously, he served for more than 20 years at Paramount, most recently as President of Paramount’s Worldwide Home Entertainment Division. Doctorow also served stints as Chief Operating Officer of the video game publisher THQ and as Chief Operating Officer of the home entertainment distribution company Ventura Entertainment. Doctorow is an inductee into the video industry’s Hall of Fame and currently serves on the board of The Digital Entertainment Group. He holds an MBA from UCLA.