Garelik wins West as sr. vp at Overture pics


New indie outfit Overture Films has named Matt Garelik senior vp theatrical distribution as it ramps up its first releases.

The exec will work in conjunction with fellow senior vp theatrical distribution Greg Forston, with Garelik handling western territories and Forston handling eastern duties. Garelik reports to executive vp theatrical distribution Kyle Davies in the company's Beverly Hills office.

Garelik served for a year as vp client services at Nielsen EDI, where he worked with domestic theatrical distribution, exhibition and other Nielsen clients. Nielsen EDI is a division of the Nielsen Co., parent company of The Hollywood Reporter.

The executive worked for nearly a decade as a branch manager at 20th Century Fox, handling domestic theatrical distribution sales in several territories. Before that, he took on similar duties at Buena Vista Pictures Distribution and Savoy Pictures.

Overture, founded in the fall as a division of Starz Llc., plans additional marketing and distribution hiring announcements in the next few weeks.