Trio reaches new Summit jobs


NEW YORK -- Newly formed indie studio Summit Entertainment has named Richard Fay president of domestic theatrical distribution, William Lewis general sales manager of domestic distribution and Pam Araugo domestic Eastern division manager.

Summit launched last week as an alliance between former Paramount Pictures COO Rob Friedman and former Summit Entertainment CEO Patrick Wachsberger, whose company was absorbed into the new Summit venture with $1 million in backing from Merrill Lynch and other investors. The new studio will produce, acquire, market and domestically distribute films.

Fay will lead efforts to create the company's domestic distribution division, overseeing the domestic side of the company's plan to release eight films worldwide and four films in the U.S. and other select territories. He reports to Summit COO Robert Hayward.

Fay most recently was president of AMC Film Marketing for a decade, overseeing the theater chain's film buying, marketing and other dealmaking efforts.

During his more than 35 years in the film business, Fay has been senior vp and assistant GM at Sony Pictures Releasing, senior vp and head film buyer at United Artists Theatres and vp and film buyer at Loews Theatres.

Lewis, who reports to Fay, recently was senior vp, Eastern sales manager, at MGM Distribution for 13 years. Before that, he was vp Eastern division manager at Hemdale Releasing Corp. and Midwestern division film buyer at United Artists Theatres. He also was a regional manager at De Laurentiis Entertainment Group and Lorimar Pictures in the late 1980s.

Araugo was a distribution executive for Paramount Pictures.