Armen Davityan Appointed as Central Partnership President

Davityan is to remain general director of Central Partnership's Sales Division.

MOSCOW -- Armen Davityan has been appointed president of Central Partnership, one of Russia’s largest film and TV producers and distributors.

“[Davityan] has been with the company for 17 years, since it was founded,” Olga Paskina, president of the ProfMedia group, which owns a controlling stake in Central Partnership, said in a statement. “He has a deep understanding of the industry and the company’s business, and he has proven to possess strong managerial skills.”

Davityan joined the company in February 1996 and went on to become head of the TV sales department and the company’s vp in charge of distribution. Last October, he was appointed general director of Central Partnership Sales House, the company’s distribution wing, the position he is going to retain.

The position of Central Partnership’s president had been vacant since Mark Lolo stepped down in December, stating his plans “to pursue his own projects” as the reason for the move.

Previously, the company’s founder Ruben Dishdishyan held the position of president for 15 years. He left the company in the spring of 2011 amid rumors that ProfMedia wasn’t satisfied with his performance. Later, Central Partnership and Dishdishyan filed lawsuits against each other, some of which are still pending.

Central Partnership is among Russia’s top 10 film producing companies, which are entitled to government cash. The company also distributes Paramount fare in Russia.