Andy was appointed as the FDA’s Chief Executive in September 2019. During his tenure to date, Andy created and revamped the annual FDA Yearbook, and amassed a pan-distribution catalogue of 500 theatrical titles for cinemas, entitled Relaunching Cinema: Content for Recovery. In his Cinema First capacity, he has also been leading the sector recovery efforts post-lockdown with the Love Cinema campaign and was at the forefront of successful deal extension negotiations for the groundbreaking industry Meerkat Movies promotion.
Andy is a Director of the cross-industry body Cinema First; Co-Chairman of the Distribution and Exhibition Group on the BFI Screen Sector Task Force; Board member of the International Federation of Film Distributors’ Associations, Film Complaints Panel and Industry Trust; and a member of the Alliance for Intellectual Property, British Screen Forum and the Events and Entertainment Working Group on the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s Recreation and Leisure Task Force.
Before joining the FDA, Andy had a 22-year career at the distribution coal face, most recently serving as Managing Director for fledgling studio STX Entertainment. Prior to that, he ran theatrical sales for both Universal Pictures and Momentum Pictures in the UK and Ireland, successfully releasing a range of films including: blockbuster hits Mamma Mia, Jurassic World and Bridget Jones’s Baby; franchise successes Fast & Furious, Despicable Me and the Bourne series; and critical favourites Boyhood, Senna, Amelie, Downfall, Lost In Translation and O Brother, Where Art Thou. He has a degree in Cultural Studies and a Masters degree in Cinema Studies.
Favourite films: The Long Goodbye, Zulu, Chinatown, The Great Escape, Casablanca, Listen to Britain, Trading Places, A Matter of Life and Death, The Life Aquatic, All the President’s Men