First Look exec Dean Wilson dies at 52

Previously worked at Blockbuster, co-founded DEJ Prods.

Industry veteran Dean Wilson, the COO of First Look Studios and its subsidiary Millennium Media Services, died July 20 in Los Angeles of complications following a heart attack. He was 52.

Before arriving at First Look in 2007, Wilson was head of new business development at Blockbuster, with responsibility for the company's alternative movie-distribution strategy.

He was one of the founders of DEJ Prods., a film-acquisition and -distribution subsidiary of Blockbuster that began in 1999 and was purchased six years later by First Look for $25 million.

DEJ -- the initials of the first names of Wilson, Blockbuster corporate counsel Ed Stead and CEO John Antioco -- had a library of more than 500 titles in its heyday, with credits including the Charlize Theron starrer "Monster" and best picture Oscar winner "Crash."

Wilson joined Blockbuster in 1995 and held a variety of positions, both domestically and internationally, with the video rental giant, including executive vp and chief content officer worldwide, where he was responsible for studio relationships. He left the company in late 2002.

Before Blockbuster, Wilson worked at music and video retailer Trans World Entertainment.

He was involved with Team in Training and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and participated in marathons and fund-raising events to support both organizations.

Survivors include two daughters, Lulu and Abby. Memorial service information will be forthcoming. Donations in Wilson's memory can be made to the Orange County chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
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