Magazine article Screen International

Icon UK Appoints New CEO, Business Shifts to Production

Magazine article Screen International

Icon UK Appoints New CEO, Business Shifts to Production

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Further changes afoot at UK branch of Len Blavatnik's Icon Group.

The Icon Film Group today announced the appointment of Israeli media executive Aviv Giladi as CEO of the Icon UK group, comprising Icon Film Distribution (IFD), Icon Home Entertainment (IHE), Icon Entertainment International (IEI) and Majestic Films & Television.

Giladi, a non-executive director of Ealing Studios, is currently Chairman of R.G.E. Group, a privately held media group based in Israel that specializes in TV production, and owns businesses that cross over with Access owned ventures.

The appointment to some extent dampens recent industry speculation that Icon owner Access Industries was on the verge of selling the company.

However, a source close to the company admitted that Icon UK is refocusing its business towards production and that there will further changes at the company in the near future. Going forward, as has been the trend for the company in the past year, Icon will shift its emphasis to 'sizeable' productions in the $20m range. …

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