Magazine article Screen International

Colin Lomax, Former Anchor Bay UK Chief, Dies Aged 56

Magazine article Screen International

Colin Lomax, Former Anchor Bay UK Chief, Dies Aged 56

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Distribution veteran died between Christmas and New Year.

Colin Lomax

Colin Lomax, CEO of Manga Entertainment and former head of Anchor Bay UK, has died at the age of 56.

The UK distribution veteran died unexpectedly between Christmas and New Year while in Devon. The cause of death has yet to be determined.

Day-to-day running of Manga Entertainment will be overseen by Manga Entertainment COO Jerome Mazandarani.

A statement from Manga Entertainment read: “The team here at Manga Entertainment is deeply shocked and saddened at Colin’s passing and our thoughts are with his wife, Lisa, at this time. We’d like to thank everyone for the tributes and many messages of support and condolence we have received.

“That 2017 was the label’s most successful year in its history is a fitting tribute to Colin’s commitment, dedication and drive. The company will continue to develop his legacy in the months and years ahead.”

Liz Bales, chief executive of home enteratinment organisation BASE, told Screen: “Colin will be greatly missed. He was a pioneer across the category, a champion of original content with the vision to spot and secure a commerical opportunity however challenging the trading environment. Colin’s personal approach could bring humour and humanity and raise a smile however challenging the topic. It is a great loss and our thoughts are with family and friends.”

Mark Batey, chief executive of the Film Distributors’ Association, commented: ”Colin had not only a long-standing passion for the entertainment business but also the commercial flair and expertise needed to build labels and libraries, and FDA was very sorry to learn that he passed away over the Christmas holiday.”


Lomax began his career in film distribution at VCI in the mid-1980’s, having joined from the music industry. …

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