Cannes: The Orchard Ups Paul Davidson to Exec VP of Film and TV (Exclusive)

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The indie distributor, which bought the Jesse Eisenberg starrer 'Louder Than Bombs' at last year's festival, is expected to be an active buyer this year, with Davidson leading the charge.

With the Cannes Film Festival just two weeks away, The Orchard has promoted Paul Davidson to executive vp film and television.

The indie distributor, which bought the Jesse Eisenberg starrer Louder Than Bombs at last year's fest, is expected to be an active buyer this year, with Davidson leading the charge.

Davidson joined the company in 2014 and oversees the film and TV division, including acquisitions, distribution, marketing and strategy. He reports to CEO Brad Navin. Under Davidson's leadership, The Orchard's film division has grown quickly from its inception two years ago. The company acquired four films at the Sundance Film Festival in January, including Taika Waititi's Hunt for the Wilderpeople and hot documentary Life, Animated.

During his tenure, Davidson has overseen the acquisition and release of such films as Academy Award-nominated doc Cartel Land, Sundance 2015 breakout The Overnight, Dior & I and What We Do in the Shadows.

In his new post, Davidson will continue to grow The Orchard’s business and focus on increasing the theatrical and digital portfolio, developing and supporting relationships with filmmakers, expanding further into international markets and monetizing content on additional platforms.

“Since Paul has joined the company, The Orchard has realized its goal of establishing transparent and effective end-to-end film distribution,” Navin said in a statement. “We had a vision to mirror what we have done with our global music distribution platform and world-class services to fill a gap within the film industry. Paul has seized this opportunity and expanded on our vision. The results have been remarkable and his leadership has been instrumental to our success.”

Before joining The Orchard, Davidson led Microsoft’s Xbox Video service, establishing it as a major player in the digital arena. He oversaw the financial and operational strategy of the service, growing the business across game consoles, Windows devices and throughout the internet and supervising the global EST and VOD business for studios, networks and content aggregators. He previously produced series for Fox, ABC and MTV and worked in theatrical distribution and production for New Line and The Jim Henson Co.

The Orchard, which was founded as a music distributor in 1997, now operates in more than 25 markets worldwide.