Moodabe steps down at NZ's SkyCity


WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- Veteran Kiwi exhibitor Joe Moodabe is stepping down from the day-to-day running of the country's biggest chain, SkyCity Cinemas, but will still be responsible for programming.

SkyCity managing director Evan Davies said in a statement Tuesday that Moodabe's 40 years' experience in the development of New Zealand exhibition was unequaled.

"Joe Moodabe is synonymous with the cinema industry in New Zealand and I look forward to SkyCity Cinemas continuing to benefit from Joe's considerable experience and expertise," he said.

Added Moodabe: "SkyCity Cinemas is now New Zealand's largest cinema exhibitor, with a substantial interest in the Rialto and Fiji cinema circuit, and I'm proud to have played a part in building that."

Moodabe is the son of pioneering New Zealand exhibitor Michael Joseph Moodabe. In July, his brother, Royce, retired from running 20th Century Fox New Zealand after 57 years in the business.

Matthew Liebman will succeed Moodabe in the new post of general manager of SkyCity Cinemas.

Liebman has more than 12 years experience in the entertainment and media industry, including six years with Village Roadshow.

Most recently he was director of the entertainment and media practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Sydney.