Cinema Expo to honor Fox's Grass


LONDON -- Cinema Expo International will honor 20th Century Fox International's Christian Grass with the International Distributor of the Year award at a ceremony during this year's edition of the Amsterdam-based confab.

Currently executive vp of Europe, Middle East and Africa for Fox International, Grass, who joined the company in 1996, oversees the theatrical distribution, sales and marketing operations for all Fox Filmed Entertainment product in Europe, which also includes films from Fox Searchlight.

Grass' responsibilities also include oversight of European co-productions and acquisitions. He is currently negotiating his exit with Fox to join Universal.

Prior to joining Fox, Grass served as vp international marketing for Miramax International.

The Cinema Expo confab, which runs June 25-28, will include screenings of upcoming films, seminars and a trade show for theater operators.