Al Shapiro Named President of Domestic Theatrical Distribution for New Line Cinema



Apr 10, 1997, 01:00 ET from New Line Cinema Corporation

    LOS ANGELES, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Al Shapiro has been named President
 of Domestic Theatrical Distribution for New Line Cinema, it was announced
 today by Mitchell Goldman, President of Marketing and Distribution for New
 Line.
     Shapiro has served as Senior Executive Vice President & General Sales
 Manager since October, 1995.  He has been responsible for coordinating the
 activities of 55 employees nationwide, including division vice presidents in
 New York, Atlanta, and Dallas, film bookers, buyers, cashiers and distribution
 assistants.  He will continue to implement distribution campaigns for
 approximately 30 New Line and Fine Line films each year, and will report to
 Goldman.
     "This promotion acknowledges Al Shapiro's leadership during the past ten
 years, and his contributions to the growth of New Line and Fine Line's
 distribution capabilities," Goldman said.  "With films like `Michael' and
 `Shine,' he has proven time and again that he can successfully penetrate both
 large and small markets, and gain as wide a release as necessary for our film
 slate.  He is a consummate distribution executive who is respected industry
 wide, and I can think of no better time to recognize his outstanding
 achievements."
     Upcoming films from New Line include "Austin Powers: International Man of
 Mystery," a comedy starring Mike Myers and Elizabeth Hurley; "One Night
 Stand," directed by Mike Figgis ("Leaving Las Vegas") and starring Wesley
 Snipes and Nastassja Kinski; "Trial and Error," starring Michael Richards and
 Jeff Daniels; "Lost in Space," a film adaptation of the classic television
 series directed by Stephen Hopkins ("Ghost and the Darkness") and starring
 Gary Oldman and William Hurt; "Boogie Nights," an ensemble drama starring Mark
 Wahlberg, Julianne Moore and Burt Reynolds; Barry Levinson's "Wag The Dog,"
 starring Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman; and "Mortal Kombat: Annihilation,"
 a sequel to the successful original film released by New Line in 1995.
     With nearly four decades of experience in motion picture exhibition and
 distribution, Shapiro has worked at literally every level of his field.  His
 efforts in securing prime theaters and long-running screen engagements led to
 back-to-back record-setting years for New Line in 1994 and 1995, with combined
 domestic revenues of more than $660 million.
     Shapiro began his career in 1957 as an usher at Walter Reade theaters in
 Long Branch, New Jersey.  Working his way through college as a theater
 manager, upon graduation Shapiro was hired as a Division Manager for A.I.T
 Theaters.  Ultimately he oversaw the chain's growth into New Jersey, where
 A.I.T. built seven theaters under his direction.
     Later, while working as a Division Manager for Cinecom Theaters in New
 York, he was promoted to Film Buyer and was responsible for booking screens in
 the Midwestern region for the company.
     From Cinecom, Shapiro was recruited by Sumner Redstone's Northeast Theater
 Circuit as a Film Buyer.  In 1973, he joined American Theater Management and
 worked his way through the ranks to become President of the company.  In 1986,
 he left American Theater Management to join New Line Cinema.
     A member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and the
 Foundation of Motion Picture Pioneers, Shapiro resides in Manhattan Beach with
 his wife Honnie.
 
 

SOURCE New Line Cinema Corporation
    LOS ANGELES, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Al Shapiro has been named President
 of Domestic Theatrical Distribution for New Line Cinema, it was announced
 today by Mitchell Goldman, President of Marketing and Distribution for New
 Line.
     Shapiro has served as Senior Executive Vice President & General Sales
 Manager since October, 1995.  He has been responsible for coordinating the
 activities of 55 employees nationwide, including division vice presidents in
 New York, Atlanta, and Dallas, film bookers, buyers, cashiers and distribution
 assistants.  He will continue to implement distribution campaigns for
 approximately 30 New Line and Fine Line films each year, and will report to
 Goldman.
     "This promotion acknowledges Al Shapiro's leadership during the past ten
 years, and his contributions to the growth of New Line and Fine Line's
 distribution capabilities," Goldman said.  "With films like `Michael' and
 `Shine,' he has proven time and again that he can successfully penetrate both
 large and small markets, and gain as wide a release as necessary for our film
 slate.  He is a consummate distribution executive who is respected industry
 wide, and I can think of no better time to recognize his outstanding
 achievements."
     Upcoming films from New Line include "Austin Powers: International Man of
 Mystery," a comedy starring Mike Myers and Elizabeth Hurley; "One Night
 Stand," directed by Mike Figgis ("Leaving Las Vegas") and starring Wesley
 Snipes and Nastassja Kinski; "Trial and Error," starring Michael Richards and
 Jeff Daniels; "Lost in Space," a film adaptation of the classic television
 series directed by Stephen Hopkins ("Ghost and the Darkness") and starring
 Gary Oldman and William Hurt; "Boogie Nights," an ensemble drama starring Mark
 Wahlberg, Julianne Moore and Burt Reynolds; Barry Levinson's "Wag The Dog,"
 starring Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman; and "Mortal Kombat: Annihilation,"
 a sequel to the successful original film released by New Line in 1995.
     With nearly four decades of experience in motion picture exhibition and
 distribution, Shapiro has worked at literally every level of his field.  His
 efforts in securing prime theaters and long-running screen engagements led to
 back-to-back record-setting years for New Line in 1994 and 1995, with combined
 domestic revenues of more than $660 million.
     Shapiro began his career in 1957 as an usher at Walter Reade theaters in
 Long Branch, New Jersey.  Working his way through college as a theater
 manager, upon graduation Shapiro was hired as a Division Manager for A.I.T
 Theaters.  Ultimately he oversaw the chain's growth into New Jersey, where
 A.I.T. built seven theaters under his direction.
     Later, while working as a Division Manager for Cinecom Theaters in New
 York, he was promoted to Film Buyer and was responsible for booking screens in
 the Midwestern region for the company.
     From Cinecom, Shapiro was recruited by Sumner Redstone's Northeast Theater
 Circuit as a Film Buyer.  In 1973, he joined American Theater Management and
 worked his way through the ranks to become President of the company.  In 1986,
 he left American Theater Management to join New Line Cinema.
     A member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and the
 Foundation of Motion Picture Pioneers, Shapiro resides in Manhattan Beach with
 his wife Honnie.
 
 SOURCE  New Line Cinema Corporation