Roadshow Films CEO to depart after 30 years

The CEO of Roadshow Films has announced he is stepping down from the role after 30 years with the organisation.

On Thursday, the film distributor confirmed that Joel Pearlman has decided to move on, having worked as CEO for the past near-12 years.

As one of the most respected film executives in the industry, Pearlman oversaw some of Roadshow Films’ biggest film releases, including the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings franchises, The Dark Knight and Australian favourites such as The Dry, The Dish and Mad Max: Fury Road.

“My time at Village Roadshow has been such a remarkable chapter in my life and it is a bittersweet decision to move on to a new adventure,” Pearlman said in a statement.

“I am so grateful for the opportunity to have led this organisation for many years and am incredibly appreciative for the support from Village Roadshow CEO Clark Kirby, Village Roadshow Chair Robert Kirby and also former CEO Graham Burke.

“It has been a great privilege and honour to work for this iconic Australian organisation and with an amazing group of colleagues over many decades that have shared my love for cinema and entertainment.”

Kirby added: “Working with Joel has been one of the great privileges of my career. Joel leaves an indelible mark on our company; he has helped build, shape and evolve over a remarkable 30-year career.

“More broadly, there are few people who have contributed more to the development of the Australian film industry than Joel, and I wish him the very best for the future.”

Roadshow’s upcoming slate for 2024 includes the Midnight Oil documentary The Hardest Line, which will open the Sydney Film Festival next week, a reboot of ’90s cult classic, The Crow, and Robbie Williams biopic, Better Man.

When asked by Mumbrella on Thursday regarding next steps for a new CEO, Kirby said: “We are fortunate to have an exceptional executive team providing stability, and who will continue to drive strategic initiatives. No decision has been made at this time for future structure or role.”


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