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Arnold Messer | President & Chief Operating Officer Print
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Thursday, 10 September 2009 18:49
Arnold Messer, Phoenix Pictures Inc.
A native of Lincoln, Nebraska, Messer is a graduate of Harvard Law School. He launched his career in the entertainment business as senior counsel at Columbia Pictures Television in 1979.  After a stint as vice president of business affairs at Viacom International, Messer returned to Columbia Pictures where he served first as senior vice president and later as executive vice president of worldwide business affairs. In 1983, he was named senior executive vice president of TriStar Pictures and president of its telecommunications group, where he oversaw the business of theatrical production as well as all ancillary marketing and television activities for the company.

In 1987, Messer returned again to Columbia Pictures as executive vice president. He supervised worldwide television production and distribution activities and negotiated major international television agreements for the company. In 1989, Messer was named president of the international releasing group for Sony Pictures Entertainment where he was responsible for all international activities and ancillary market operations.  In 1992, he led this division to well over $1 billion in gross revenues worldwide. That year Messer was promoted to executive vice president of Sony Pictures Entertainment, taking charge of long-term global strategy and overseeing international production.

In 1994, Messer teamed with his friend and colleague, Mike Medavoy, to launch Phoenix Pictures.