Tony Chambers and Lee Jury, who helped lead ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ to become the third highest grossing film ever in Europe, will receive the event’s international distributors of the year award.
Following a year in which it broke $7 billion at the global box office, Disney is set to be honored at this year’s CineEurope.
Tony Chambers, head of studio sales and distribution, and Lee Jury, head of studio marketing for the Walt Disney Company, Europe, Middle East and Africa, are set to receive the international distributors of the year award at the event, held in Barcelona in June.
“Both Tony Chambers and Lee Jury have set the bar incredibly high since taking over the sales, distribution and marketing of the EMEA division at the Walt Disney Company,” said Andrew Sunshine, vp of the Film Expo Group. “We are so delighted to have the opportunity to honor Tony and Lee for their accomplishments in leading Disney to a record breaking success at the box office in 2016.”
Chambers and Jury oversaw the successful theatrical release of numerous titles across Europe, including Star Wars: The Force Awakens – the 3rd highest grossing movie ever released in the region. With their UK/Irish specific responsibilities they also delivered more than $370 million at the box office in 2016, the biggest-ever single box office year recorded by any theatrical distributor in that market.