Sullivan Ent. ups Smith


TORONTO -- Canadian producer Sullivan Entertainment on Wednesday said it has hired former Alliance Atlantis Motion Picture Distribution executive Doug Smith as a sales consultant for its distribution arm.

Smith becomes the latest former Alliance Atlantis movie distribution executive to resurface elsewhere in the industry after a takeover of MPD, Canada's largest indie movie distributor by Goldman Sachs & Co.

Smith joined Alliance Atlantis in 1997, survived management turmoil in late 2006 that cost the jobs of Victor Loewy, Patrice Theroux and Paul Laberge, before he was promoted by newly installed MPD CEO John Bailey to become executive vp of sales.

But late last year, after Goldman Sachs acquired Alliance Atlantis, Loewy was reinstalled at the helm and Bailey and his regime was out.

Smith will oversee the distribution arm of Sullivan Entertainment, which is best known for worldwide sales of its "Green Gables-Avonlea" franchise and third party product.

Other former Alliance Atlantis executives that recently have gone elsewhere includes Patrice Theroux named president of distributor Entertainment One and Paul Laberge as the new COO of the Toronto-based Fight Network cable channel.

In addition, Bryan Gliserman, former president of Alliance Atlantis division Odeon Films, recently defected to upstart Maximum Films Distribution, while Jim Sherry, former president of Canadian theatrical distribution at MPD, has begun to consult for rival Maple Pictures.

Also Wednesday, Canadian distributor TVA Films said it has hired former Warner Bros. Entertainment Canada executive Brian Ware as director of marketing, based in Toronto.