UIP Panama exec set for ShowEast award

Company GM to be honored for international distribution

UIP Panama GM Jose "Pepe" Victoria will be honored for outstanding achievement in international distribution at ShowEast 2009.

Victoria will be feted Oct. 26 at a luncheon on the opening day of the four-day exhibition confab at the Orlando World Center Marriott.

"At UIP Panama, Pepe has played a key role in bringing both Paramount's and Universal's films to the Latin American market," ShowEast managing director Robert Sunshine said.

Victoria began his career with United Artists Panama, later moving to Fox in film sales and subsequently to UIP Panama, where he became a sales manager with territories in Central America and the Caribbean in the mid-1980s. He later moved into home entertainment as GM of Central American home video operations at Warner Bros., Paramount and Universal.

Victoria subsequently moved to Peru to take the UIP GM position in the territory. Six years later, he returned to his native Panama, where he assumed his current duties in 1997.