AMC high on offices in Century City tower

Moves into Avenue of the Stars location

AMC Entertainment has re-established a Los Angeles office in the Century City high-rise used in 1988's "Die Hard."

Kansas City, Mo.-based AMC -- which operates the nation's second-largest chain of movie theaters -- closed its longtime Woodland Hills office in suburban Los Angeles in 2005. The new office is situated adjacent to the exhibitor's local flagship megaplex.

Working from 2121 Avenue of the Stars, programming president Robert Lenihan and film president Sonny Gourley will be joined by three new associates: vp distributor relations George Stewart, vp specialized film Nikkole Denson and executive assistant Joanie Bergmann.

"The addition of new talent and the relocation of key AMC film associates will re-energize our strong industry relationships, which are integral to our programming expansion strategy," AMC CEO Gerry Lopez said.

Stewart most recently was a retail group marketing director at the Nielsen Co., parent company of The Hollywood Reporter. Denson was business development director at Starbucks -- where Lopez worked until taking the reins of AMC in February -- and Bergmann was employed at Act III Communications.

"Considering their collective accomplishments, the addition of Nikkole, George and Joanie will only enhance AMC's ability to reinvent that experience," Lenihan said.

Rich Boynton, senior vp and head film buyer, will supervise a staff of 10 film associates, who will remain in Kansas City, along with the circuit's corporate offices and more than 300 other employees.

"We are relocating and employing associates in L.A. who need to have frequent personal contact with our studio partners," Lenihan said. "The L.A. group will be completely supported by and consistently communicating with the team in Kansas City."
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