UK’s Film Distributors’ Association appoints Andy Leyshon as new chief executive (exclusive)

Screen | 8/16/2019 | Geoffrey Macnab
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The UK’s Film Distributors’ Association (FDA) has confirmed that Andy Leyshon will be its new chief executive, taking over from the long-serving Mark Batey.

Until recently Leyshon was managing director UK & Ireland of STX International. He has also recently been serving as a distribution consultant for Gower Street Analytics, working with clients across the film industry.

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Before STX, Leyshon spent ten years as sales director of Universal Pictures UK & Eire. He also served as sales director of Momentum Pictures.

Leyshon starts in the job on September 6, less than two months before the Halloween Brexit deadline on October 31. A ’hard Brexit’ on that date is bound to provide challenges to the UK distribution sector.

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FDA President David Puttnam said: “This is an enormously important appointment for FDA. As Andy knows better than most, film is an influential, dynamic part of the UK’s growing creative economy, yet it comes at a time when the business is facing unprecedented challenges as consumption patterns ever more rapidly evolve.”

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