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Universal’s Kathleen Gallagher Promoted From Home Entertainment to Theatrical

Universal has promoted Kathleen Gallagher — a key executive with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and a four time honoree in Media Play News’ annual Women in Home Entertainment — to EVP and general sales manager of North American theatrical distribution.

She will report to Universal president of domestic theatrical distribution Jim Orr.

In her new role, Gallagher will head up the sales teams in the U.S. and Canada, creating strategies that optimize theatrical performance for all Universal titles. She will also further relationships with exhibition, as well as partner closely with key stakeholders across International Distribution, Home Entertainment and Marketing.

“Kathleen is a trusted distribution and sales executive who’s innovative strategies have benefited Universal for more than 20 years,” Orr said in a statement. “She brings to this position a wealth of knowledge and experience across the industry that will benefit us greatly.  I look forward to partnering with her as we build strategies that will continue to optimize Universal’s theatrical performance across North America.”

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Gallagher was previously EVP of global physical home entertainment at Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. It was a position she assumed in 2020 in which she was charged with leading Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s physical home entertainment operations worldwide, overseeing the company’s North American joint distribution venture Studio Distribution Services (SDS) with WarnerMedia, as well as a diverse slate of licensing and distribution partnerships around the world with partners including WarnerMedia, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Paramount Pictures.

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