Magazine article Screen International

Curzon's Fusion Media Sales Folds into Artificial Eye amid Market Challenges (Exclusive)

Magazine article Screen International

Curzon's Fusion Media Sales Folds into Artificial Eye amid Market Challenges (Exclusive)

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Head of sales Phil Davis to step down.

’The Handmaiden’

Fusion Media Sales, the home entertainment sales and distribution outfit fully owned by the Curzon group, is to be integrated into its parent company’s distribution arm, Curzon Artificial Eye (CAE).

As a result, Fusion will stop providing sales and distribution services to external labels beyond the first quarter of 2018. The change will see current head of sales Phil Davis step down from his role, with long-standing Fusion National account manager Aisling Frampton promoted to senior national account manager.

The restructure comes as a result of the challenges faced by distributors in the phyiscal market and the growth in digital sales. It also comes after changes in the supplier base and a difficult UK run for foreign language films.

CAE director of distribution Steve Lewis commented: “The Fusion team work incredibly hard and, under the stewardship of Phil Davis, has achieved notable successes over the past year, including the Bafta-nominated world cinema hit The Handmaiden and the acclaimed Formula 1 documentary Williams, as well as extracting maximum value from the new release and back catalogue titles of CAE and Fusion’s other distributed labels. …

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