CinemaCon 2012: Chris Aronson to Succeed Bruce Snyder as Fox Distribution President

Fox Filmed Entertainment chairmen-CEOs Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos announce that Snyder is retiring after 36 years with Fox.

Veteran film executive Chris Aronson has been tapped to succeed Bruce Snyder as president of domestic distribution for 20th Century Fox when Snyder retires on July 6.

Aronson is currently Snyder's No. 2, serving as executive vice president and general sales manager of distribution. His promotion and Snyder's exit were announced by Fox chairmen-CEOs Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos.

Snyder has worked for Fox for 36 years, serving as president of domestic distribution since 1989. News of his retirement comes as distributors and theater owners gather this week in Las Vegas for CinemaCon.

"For decades, Bruce has represented everything that is good and strong and ethical about our studio and industry. He has not only guided hundreds of our pictures into the theatrical marketplace, he has spent countless hours advising colleagues and even competitors, all of whom have benefited from his wisdom, experience and kindnesses. We are sorry to see Bruce go," Gianopulos and Rothman said in a statement.

"He is a prince among men and will be missed by everyone whose lives and careers he has touched. But we know that Bruce’s longtime colleague and friend Chris Aronson, will ably follow in those very large footsteps," they continued.

Added Snyder: "You often hear people referring to their workplace and colleagues as ‘family’ – but truly there’s no better word to sum up my feelings about my colleagues, past and present, at 20th Century Fox. I wish the company, and especially Chris Aronson and the rest of my friends and family in Distribution, continued success.”

Aronson was recently promoted to executive vice president, general sales manager after serving as senior vice president of domestic distribution.

 A 30-year industry professional, Aronson joined Fox in 2005 as senior vice president, general sales manager east. He came to the company from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distribution Co., where he served as executive vice president, general sales manager, responsible for all of MGM’s domestic theatrical distribution endeavors.

Previously, he was a senior vice president Rentrak Corporation, which provides comprehensive box office data collection, analysis and reporting for the film industry.  Before Rentrak, Aronson held senior positions at Destination Films, Signature Theatres, Columbia Pictures, Vestron Pictures, New World Pictures and Universal Pictures.