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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CINEMA VENTURES ANNOUNCES NEW HIRE FOR DISTRBUTION TEAM

National Geographic Cinema Ventures (NGCV) announced that John Wickstrom will be joining the National Geographic Cinema Ventures Distribution team as interim Director of Sales, effective July 1.

Wickstrom, a giant screen industry veteran with more than 20 years’ experience, will be responsible for sales of National Geographic’s giant screen films in much of the U.S., Mexico, and South America.

Mark Katz, President of Cinema Ventures, said about the hire, “John will be a tremendous addition to our Cinema Ventures distribution team, one who brings a wealth of experience to the table, including distribution, sales, film operations, and film production, among others. We have worked with John before and look forward to working with him again.”

Wickstrom has experience in all aspects of the giant screen industry. He started his career at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, where he served as Director of Film Operations, overseeing all aspects of exhibition at the Omnimax Theater in the Henry Crown Space Center. He has also distributed a number of giant screen films, including the IMAX Hall of Fame inductee Antarctica, and National Geographic’s own all time classic Mysteries of Egypt. In addition, he served as executive producer of SOLARMAX, assisted distribution at nWave Pictures, and is currently serving as a consultant on Jerusalem 3D. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Giant Screen Cinema Association.

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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