Disney's CineAsia presentation was dominated by footage from upcoming Marvel and Pixar films.
It's clear that the Mouse House is very proud of its relationship with both content producers. Coming off the $1.5 billion worldwide--a figure that was drilled home numerous times during the presentation--success of The Avengers, expectations are high for 2013's Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World. Reactions were positive to new clips from Iron Man 3 and Thor 2. Iron Man 3 in particular should do well in China now that shooting is about to begin in that country.
A lot of time was devoted to Monsters, Inc. 3D and Monsters University. MU hits theaters on June 21, 2013, and it should appeal to adults and teens as much as it does to young children. The original Monsters, Inc. took in a staggering $523.4 million worldwide back in 2001.
Keep a very close eye on Pixar's Planes. The footage that was shown makes it clear that Disney is positioning it to be an international juggernaut like Car 2. It should also generate plenty of merchandising just like the Cars franchise. Planes opens internationally in August/September 2013.
CineAsia attendees were also treated to a look at Tom Hanks in character as Walt Disney himself in Saving Mr. Banks, a film about the making of Mary Poppins. Oscar bait, anyone?
WASHINGTON D.C. -- David Kornblum, Vice President of International Theatrical Sales and Distribution Asia Pacific and Russia for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International, will receive the "2013 CinemaCon Passepartout Award" at CinemaCon's International Day Luncheon, it was announced today by the convention's managing director, Mitch Neuhauser. The "CinemaCon Passepartout Award" is presented annually to an industry executive whose dedication and commitment to the international marketplace is unparalleled. CinemaCon, the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), the largest and most important gathering of cinema owners and operators from around the world, will be held April 15 - 18, 2013 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The International Day Luncheon will take place on Monday, April 15, 2013, where more than 800 industry executives from the international market are expected to be on hand.
"With an infinite passion and love for this great industry, and having left his own indelible mark on the world of distribution and exhibition from a global standpoint, David Kornblum is the ideal recipient of our annual Passepartout Award," said Neuhauser. "His dedication to the international marketplace over the past 23 years is unequalled and is clearly evident to everyone in the industry. We are truly delighted to honor such an accomplished professional and to single him out before his peers at CinemaCon 2013."
David Kornblum has worked for the Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International distribution team for over 23 years. Over the course of his career, David has been involved in the distribution of more than 500 titles across all genres throughout the international marketplace, including the very successful releases of the record-setting "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," Marvel's "The Avengers," "Alice In Wonderland" and "Toy Story 3," all of which grossed more than $1 billion worldwide and chart amongst the biggest releases in industry history.
In his current role, he oversees the international theatrical distribution of all Disney Studios, Marvel, Pixar, Walt Disney Feature animation and Dreamworks titles in 15 markets including Japan, Australia, Russia, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, New Zealand and India. The APAC-Russia region is the fastest growing region in the world and historically accounts for over 40% of the annual international box-office revenues. In addition to his distribution focus on the APAC-Russia region, he oversees all international acquisitions for the division and has been responsible for distributing them throughout the international marketplace.
In his previous position at Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International, he was the Vice President of International Theatrical Sales and Distribution where, as the home office sales lead, he focused on sales planning, strategy and analysis. During his tenure, the company reached the $1 billion annual box-office threshold for the first time and has now crossed this plateau for 18 years in a row - a consecutive record unmatched by any other distributor. He played an integral role in propelling the company to a new performance record in 2010 when the company attained $2.3 billion in overseas box office. The $2 billion milestone was also crossed in 2011 and 2012.