Cinema Expo honors distributor, exhibitor


International Distributor of the Year
David Kosse, Universal Pictures International

As president of international at Universal Pictures, Kosse is charged with maximizing revenue and profit across Universal's international divisions, including home entertainment, tele­vision, theatrical distribution and international production and acquisitions. Kosse is credited with creating UPI in 2006, a move that gave Universal a stand-alone marketing and distribution operation for films released outside of North America. In 2009, UPI crossed the $1 billion mark at the international boxoffice.

International Exhibitor of the Year
Lauge Nielsen, Pathe

Nielsen joined Pathe in 1996 and has been instrumental in the theater chain's acquisitions of smaller, older theaters and replacing them with modern multiplexes and facilities. Pathe is the largest chain of cinemas in the Netherlands, with 12 locations all over the country. Pathe operates cinemas in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, the Hague, Utrecht, Eindhoven, Helmond and Groningen.

Cinema Expo Award of Achievement in Animated Filmmaking
Chris Meledandri

Meledandri is the founder and CEO of Illumination Entertainment, an indy with an exclusive financing and distribution agreement with Universal Pictures. The company will release its first film, "Despicable Me," starring Steve Carell, through the studio in July.

International Boxoffice Achievement Award presented by Rentrak
20th Century Fox International

International media analyst Rentrak is honoring 20th Century Fox International at Cinema Expo for a stellar year at the boxoffice, a feat driven largely by the success of James Cameron's game-changing sci-fi epic "Avatar," which has a global take of $2.7 billion.
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