MGM ups Orr to exec vp distribution


Jim Orr has been promoted to executive vp and general sales manager of domestic theatrical distribution at MGM, the studio said Wednesday.

Orr will oversee the sales planning and distribution of MGM's theatrical films in North America. He also will supervise the sales effort behind the upcoming release of United Artists' "Lions for Lambs."

"Jim's depth of experience and knowledge of theatrical distribution and his solid relationships with the theater owners across the country will continue to ensure MGM films the best distribution possible," said Clark Woods, president of domestic theatrical distribution at MGM, in making Tuesday's announcement.

Orr, who joined MGM in February 2006, was the studio's senior vp and head of domestic theatrical distribution operations. He began his career in the entertainment industry 17 years ago at Paramount.