Andrew Cripps first joined the entertainment industry in 1985 in Tokyo Japan where we was appointed Representative for Japan and Korea for Thorn EMI Screen Entertainment, a British film company, responsible for the company’s theatrical and home entertainment releases in those markets. Eighteen months later he moved to United International Pictures (UIP), the joint venture distribution company operated by Paramount, Universal and MGM/UA, where he served as Assistant to the General Manager in the UIP office in Tokyo. He was soon promoted to Sales Manager for South East Asia and moved to Hong Kong where he lived from 1988 to 1990. In mid 1990 he was promoted to VP International Sales and relocated to the company’s headquarters in London England. In 1994 he was promoted to Executive Vice President International Sales and in 1999 became President and COO of the company, responsible for all marketing and distribution for the company’s films which now included Dreamworks. In 2006, following Paramount and Universal’s decision to break up the Joint Venture company, Andrew moved over to Paramount, becoming President of Paramount Pictures International, the new international distribution company for all Paramount, Dreamworks, Dreamworks Animation, Marvel and Nickelodeon films. From 2007 to 2011 under his leadership the company grossed in excess of $10 billion in gross box office in the international marketplace, including an industry record $3.2 billion in 2011.
In 2012 Andrew moved to IMAX Corporation where he became President of IMAX for Europe, Middle East and Africa as well as EVP of the IMAX Corporation, based in London, responsible for expanding the IMAX theater network across the region as well as sourcing content to play across that network. Under his leadership the network has expanded dramatically and now boasts over 200 theaters open or signed and still to open.
Andrew was born in Sri Lanka and grew up in Japan and speaks fluent Japanese. He graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Industrial Management in 1981, and then received his MBA from Georgia State in 1983 in International Business. He is a member of both the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He continues to live and work in London where he is married to Louise and has three children – Emily age 18, Anna age 15 and James age 5.