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Former MGM Exec Damien Marin Joins Spyglass as President of Distribution, Acquisitions

Marin spent 12 years in distribution at MGM

Gary Barber’s newly formed Spyglass Media Group announced on Tuesday that it has named Damien Marin as president of worldwide distribution and acquisitions.

Marin, who will report to Barber effective immediately, joins Spyglass after spending 12 years in distribution at MGM.

“Damien is one of the most talented executives in the industry and we consider it a huge coup that he is leading our distribution and acquisition efforts,” Barber said in a statement. “Damien demonstrates exceptional knowledge and expertise in this rapidly-evolving digital and media environment and will be a significant asset as we drive our business forward.”

Barber launched Spyglass in partnership with Lantern Entertainment in March after abruptly leaving MGM a year prior, having helped the studio get back on its feet following filing for bankruptcy.

Since launching Spyglass has hired other former MGM executives Cheryl Rodman to serve as chief legal officer and Kristin Cotich as the company’s executive vice president of worldwide communications. The studio also nabbed former Miramax executive Lauren Whitney to run its TV division.

“I am excited about taking on this tremendous new opportunity to join Gary, help maximize revenue and shape Spyglass’ future growth strategy,” Marin said in a statement. “I look forward to bringing the company’s premium content to the global marketplace.”

Marin will spearhead the global sales and distribution strategy for Spyglass’ future produced content and capitalizing on its library of more than 250 properties, that it gained thanks to the partnership with Lantern co-presidents Andy Mitchell and Milos Brajovic, as well as with strategic investors Eagle Pictures and Cineworld Group.

Additionally, Marin will be tasked with looking for ways to expand on Spyglass’s library — which includes titles such as “The King’s Speech,” “Inglourious Basterds,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Django Unchained” and “Scream” — through acquisitions.

Marin most recently served as executive vice president of worldwide digital media and domestic pay TV at MGM. He previously held posts at Showtime Networks as well.