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Megan Colligan, the former marketing and distribution chief at Paramount Pictures, has been tapped as president of IMAX Entertainment and vice president of IMAX Corporation.
It’s a changing of the guard at the highest levels of an exhibition giant that has become a major force in popcorn movies. Colligan replaces Greg Foster, who has served as IMAX’s ambassador to Hollywood for the past 18 years. Foster will depart the wide screen company, where he served as CEO of IMAX Entertainment, at the end of 2018. At IMAX, Foster forged strong ties with the creative community, forming alliances with the likes of Christopher Nolan, J.J. Abrams, and Joe and Anthony Russo that paid off with the directors using the company’s cameras to shoot their movies.
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Colligan, like Foster, has strong relationships with filmmakers and is well known in the movie business for her work overseeing Paramount’s marketing campaigns for the Transformers and Mission: Impossible franchises, “The Wolf of Wall Street,” and “Interstellar.” However, her departure from Paramount was contentious. After stepping down from her post in November, she pursued legal action against Paramount and alleged that gender bias and discrimination led to her exit. In an interview with Variety, Colligan said the matter had been resolved “amicably” and stated that there was never any lawsuit.
“I have a lot of friends over there and good relationships,” said Colligan. “I don’t see it being any real issue in terms of my work at IMAX.”
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Colligan said she was drawn to the IMAX job because she sees opportunities to push the brand to innovate and expand its offerings. IMAX, with its sprawling screens, has established itself as a distributor of choice for big-budget studio fare, but Colligan believes that it should broaden the kinds of content it distributes. From concerts to local language pictures in places such...
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