Netflix has named a veteran media executive as its director of theatrical distribution. Deadline reports that the company tapped Spencer Klein, a distribution veteran at 20th Century Fox, to the post.
Klein will report to Scott Stuber, Netflix Film boss. Klein was executive VP and general sales manager at Fox, overseeing theatrical sales for the studio’s releases in the U.S. and Canada.
“One of the first big assignments here for Klein is overseeing the theatrical rollout of Netflix’s upcoming awards season slate, which includes such titles as Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ and Steven Soderbergh’s ‘The Laundromat,’ among many other titles,” Deadline reports. “It has long been reported that the Scorsese team wants a wide theatrical release for ‘The Irishman,’ and Klein is the type of guy who can sit down with big exhibition and have these types of talks as Netflix looks to capitalize the profile of their slate both in theaters and on streaming.”
The report notes that former Warner Bros. distribution czar Dan Fellman will continue to consult for Netflix.
“Klein steps in for the late Andy Gruenberg, who passed away suddenly in January after masterminding the theatrical rollout of Netflix’s ‘Roma,’ which went on to win three Oscars including Best Director and Cinematography for Alfonso Cuaron and Best Foreign Film,” Deadline adds.