COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Carmike Cinemas, Inc. (NASDAQ: CKEC), a leading digital cinema and 3D motion picture exhibitor, today announced that John A. Lundin has been appointed Vice President-Film, responsible for Carmike's relationships with motion picture production companies. The appointment is effective January 25th and Mr. Lundin will report to Chief Operating Officer Fred Van Noy.
Lundin, a 37-year theatrical exhibition and film industry veteran, most recently served as District Manager for Sony Pictures Distribution, which he joined in July 2009. Prior to his tenure at Sony, he was VP Film/Head Film Buyer at one of the world's leading theatre exhibitors for 14 years. Lundin has also held management positions at Cannon Pictures, Litchfield Theatres/United Artists Theatres, Columbia Pictures and United Artists Pictures. He began his career in the industry in 1972 at Buena Vista Distribution following his college education.
Carmike Cinemas President and Chief Executive Officer David Passman, stated, "John brings an extensive track record of relevant industry experience to Carmike, and we are delighted that he will be joining our team. He has a unique background, having sat on both sides of the negotiating table at various organizations throughout his career. For Carmike and all exhibitors, film selection and determining the best markets for a given motion picture is a critical element of success, while film rental is an important piece of our cost structure. We are confident that John is well suited to represent Carmike as its lead film buyer, overseeing these key areas for us."
Mr. Lundin is a Director of the Will Rogers Motion Pictures Pioneers Foundation and also serves on its Neonatal Committee. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hillsdale College in Michigan.