Warner Bros. Names Former Fox Exec Andrew Cripps President of International Distribution

Cripps was laid off as part of Disney’s $71.3 billion Fox acquisition

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Warner Bros. Pictures announced on Tuesday that it has hired former Fox executive Andrew Cripps as the studio’s new president of international distribution.

Cripps previously served as Fox’s president of international distribution, before being let go in the cuts following Disney’s $71.3 billion acquisition of Fox’s film and TV studios.

Cripps is a highly regarded film distribution executive with more than three decades of experience in leading overseas theatrical distribution for a number of major Hollywood studios, including United International Pictures, Paramount and IMAX.

“Andrew is the consummate distribution executive, with a wide breadth of experience on both the studio and exhibitor side,” said Warner Bros. President of worldwide distribution Ron Sanders, to whom Cripps will report, in a statement. “With the continuing growth and importance of the international box office, having someone with Andrew’s insight and expertise leading our overseas efforts will benefit the entire Warner Bros. Pictures Group. He’s a great addition to an already great team, and I can’t wait to work with him.”

In his new role, Cripps will be responsible for overseeing all matters relating to the international theatrical distribution of the Studio’s slate of motion pictures, which includes releases from Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema. He’ll also work closely with Sanders on the development of theatrical growth opportunities and additional revenue streams for the division, as well as oversee the team that manages sales and distribution efforts across Warner Bros.’ network of affiliates and licensees in more than 125 territories worldwide.

“I am delighted to be joining the very talented team at Warner Bros. and look forward to contributing to the success of the Studio’s amazingly diverse slate of motion pictures,” Cripps said. “As the international market continues to expand, this feels like a great time to be joining the team there, and I am excited to get started.”