Congratulations to Wendy Lidell, whom we have known during her outstanding career spanning over 25 years, for being appointed as
the Kino Lorber’snew Senior Vice President, Theatrical Distribution and
As the head of Kino Lorber’s theatrical division, Ms. Lidell will oversee and manage all aspects of the company’s theatrical and non-theatrical slate, over 25 films per year, reporting directly to CEO Richard Lorber. Reporting to her are the company’s current team: Jonathan Hertzberg, Director of Theatrical Sales (who will continue to handle film bookings nationwide), Sylvia Savadjian, Director of Marketing, and Rodrigo Brandão, VP of Marketing and Publicity.
In addition to her new duties, Lidell will work directly with Richard Lorber to drive new business opportunities for the company, including identifying new content acquisitions and strategic growth areas.
She previously worked with
Richard Lorber when he acquired International Film Circuit in 1998, to
become the theatrical division of his company Fox Lorber. While at Fox
Lorber, which later became Wellspring Media, Lidell released six to
eight titles per year, including Alexander Sokurov’s “Russian Ark”, François Ozon’s “Under
the Sand”, starring Charlotte Rampling, “Yi Yi“ by Edward Yang (named
Best Film of the Year by the National Society of Film Critics), and “On
the Ropes” (nominated for a documentary Academy Award).
After returning to International Film Circuit in 2004, Lidell released dozens of films, including “Don’t Move,” starring Penelope Cruz, “Darwin’s Nightmare,” which earned her a second documentary Academy Award nomination, and “Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg, “which joined the elite group of documentaries that have grossed over $1 million theatrically. Other notable successes included “My Perestroika,” “The Waiting Room,” Nancy Spielberg’s “Above and Beyond” and “Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness.”
“It’s a very happy opportunity for Kino Lorber and me, personally, to work with Wendy again,” said Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber. “She has distinguished herself as a brilliant forward thinking film executive and passionate entrepreneur in our challenging environment, regularly acquiring and bringing to screen films of exceptional quality and commercial promise. In all my earlier years working with her, she never disappointed me – while her eye for quality and intelligence of execution never failed her. We couldn’t be more pleased to have her lead our theatrical team into the future. “
“It will be an enormous pleasure to join the Kino Lorber team,” wrote Wendy Lidell. “There are few film companies that combine a passion for great cinema with the business acumen required to navigate the challenges of a rapidly changing distribution landscape. Together, I hope we can continue for many years to bring more great films to bigger and more diverse audiences.”
Current and upcoming released from Kino Lorber include Amos Gitai’s “Rabin, the Last Day, Jia Zhangke’s “Mountains May Depart,” Jayro Bustamante’s “Ixcanul,” and “Sons My Brother Taught Me. ”