Ted Shugrue, Veteran Film Distribution Exec, Dies at 62

The Sony Pictures veteran also headed Loews Cineplex International and helped bring multiplexes to underserved markets like Vietnam.

Ted Shugrue, the former head of Sony Pictures' overseas distribution division and president of Loews Cineplex International, died Thursday after a short illness at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut, his family said. He was 62.

In 1983, Shugrue became one of the first employees of the newly formed TriStar Pictures, where he was instrumental in building the distribution arm for TriStar (later Columbia TriStar). He served from 1987 to 1996 as founding president of Columbia TriStar Film Distributors International, then headed international distribution at Sony Pictures Entertainment as executive vp.

At Loews Cineplex International, he led the company’s expansion overseas, creating modern multiplexes in Spain, Korea and Italy. He joined the exhibitor in 1998.

Since 2004, Shugrue had served as president and CEO of Envoy Media Partners, a developer and owner-operator of multiplexes in underserved overseas markets like Vietnam. He was living in Rye, N.Y.

The son of an entertainment executive, J. Edward Shugrue was born in New York on Jan. 8, 1950. He attended Boston University and the University of London, where he pursued interests in theater and communications. Early in his career, he was a branch manager at 20th Century Fox and Columbia Pictures.

Shugrue was a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and a director of the Motion Picture Pioneers. He had a life-long affiliation with the Will Rogers Memorial Fund, where he served, as did his father, as a vp and director.

Survivors include his his wife Maeve, his children Ned, Charles and Justin and his brothers John and William.

The family will receive friends at the Graham Funeral Home in Rye on Friday from 7-9 p.m., with a memorial service set for 11 a.m. Saturday at the Kent School's St. Joseph’s Chapel in Kent, Conn.

Donations may be made to Kent School, 1 Macedonia Road, Kent, CT 06757.