Andy Gruenberg dies: the biggest film distribution executive was 68 years old

Andy Gruenberg, who had a long career in the distribution of studio films and most recently was Netflix theatrical distribution supervisor, died yesterday at the age of 68, according to his family.

Gruenberg began his career in distribution at Warner Bros., moved to Columbia Pictures as a senior vice president and badistant sales manager, working on films such as Ghostbusters, Karate child Y Silverado.

He then moved to MGM, serving as executive vice president from 1991 to 1998. During that time, he managed the Get down, The tomorrow Never Die, Leaving Las Vegas Y Cage.

He became president of distribution at Miramax in 1998, where he oversaw the distribution of blockbusters and Oscar winners. Shakespeare in love Y Life is Beautiful.

He later joined First Look Studios as executive vice president of distribution in 2005. There, he launched The proposition Y Paris, Je t'aime, and Millennium Entertainment, where he successfully executed the release of Richard Linklater's independent sensation, Bernie as much as Gigolo fading (starring Woody Allen) in 2013.

During his career, he co-founded his own company, MAC Releasing, and consulted with many distributors over the years, including Broad Green Pictures, Gravitas and Think Film.

He was one of the founders of the distributor Film Arcade, along with his friend Ted Mundorff, president and CEO of Landmark Theaters.

"I loved working with Andy and enjoyed our friendship for many years," said Mundorff. "Andy was one of the smartest and most loyal types of business."

Born on March 10, 1950 in St. Paul Minnesota, Gruenberg cultivated his love of filmmaking as he spent his childhood years in the theaters of Milwaukee.

He is survived by his wife, Linda; Three brothers; and Billy's children, Jacob and Max.

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