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Studio Movie Grill former AMC executive Tonya Mangels – various hires

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In today’s Film News Roundup, the studio hires an industry veteran to manage movie grill marketing, HFPA selects its board and receives “sometimes not always” and “never too late” virtual releases.

Executive Hearid

Studio Movie Grill has hired former AMC Entertainment executive Tonya Mangels as head of revenue and marketing for the chain, which operates 353 screens in 10 states.

He will report to CEO Brian Schultz. While at AMC, Mangels was a vice president overseeing brand strategy, studio marketing, loyalty data analytics partnerships, mobile app / kiosk ordering, digital streaming launches and food and beverage marketing.

“We are delighted to welcome guests to enjoy the movie on the big screen with the reopening of the SMG Theater from June 1,” Sultaz said. “Combined with our vision, we will donate 10% of all tickets and food and beverage earnings throughout the weekend (June 19-21) to support SMG team members across the country who are still concerned about COVID-19.”

The first phase of the theater reopening includes SMG Colony and SMG Tyler in North Texas and City Center in Houston.

Mangels filed a federal lawsuit against AMC Entertainment last year, alleging that the company fired him after he complained that he was paid much less than his male colleagues. The action has not been resolved.

HFPA Board

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is chaired by Meher Tatna and has elected Luca Seleda, Helen Hohne, Ioram Kahana, Kirpi Yumenen Balesteros as its Board of Directors for the years 2020-2012.

Tina John Christensen has been chosen as the alternative. They will be joined by President Lorenzo Soria, Vice President Ali Sar, Treasurer Janet R. Nepales, and Executive Secretary Ruben V. Nepal.

HFPA hosts the annual Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles every year.

Virtual release

Blue Fox Entertainment has chosen to premiere the “Sometimes Not Always” and “Never Too Late” movies as virtual movie releases. They will launch in theaters where the films were originally scheduled to open, as well as through their own personal virtual cinema platform.

The company has made a June 12 premiere of the British comedy “Sometimes Not Always,” starring Bill Nighi, Sam Riley, Jenny Agutter, Tim McInerney and Alice Locke. Carl Hunter is guided by a script written by Frank Control Boys about a stylish tailor who has spent years relentlessly searching for his missing son.

A band of veterans of retired Vietnam War veterans who are planning to tear down his retirement home and reunite him with his lost love in their former commanding office has set the July 10 premiere for the Blue Fox comedy “Never Too Late” dance. The film stars James Cromwell, Jackie Weber, Dennis Waterman, Jack Thompson and Shane Jacobson. Australian director Mark Lamprell has survived a screenplay by nove Panacea Luke Preston.


Bob Balban, Jane Rosanthal, Eddie Burke Jr., Dexter Goye, Andrew Safir of the Cinema Society, and Rob Vicentele of Blade have launched a drive-in family film on June 12 and 13 to support East and Food pantries.

The show will be held at the Hampton Classic site in Bridgethampton, NY, and will feature a feature film from the Disney family film “Artemis Fowl,” starring Feridia Shaw, Lara McDonnell, Josh Gad, Tamara Smart, Nonso Anoji, Colin Farrell, and Judy Dench.

Disney Plus is releasing the science-fiction film directed by Kenneth Branagh on June 12th.

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