Grass gets Expo attention


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 Europe, Middle East and Africa at 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 negotiating his exit with Fox to join Universal.

Before joining Fox, Grass was vp international marketing at 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.