January 13, 2015—nWave Pictures Distribution is pleased to announce the hiring of Jennifer Lee Hackett as Director of Sales & Distribution, Americas. Lee Hackett comes to nWave Pictures Distribution with over 10 years experience in the giant screen industry, having previously served as Director of Sales for National Geographic Cinema Ventures and prior to that as Senior Group Sales & Marketing Manager at Smithsonian Business Ventures, the for-profit arm of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. While at Smithsonian Business Ventures Jennifer created sales packages for the Institution’s six restaurants, three IMAX theaters and the planetarium, and developed educational and marketing materials to support group sales efforts. In her role as Sales & Marketing Manager at Jordan’s Furniture, Natick MA, Jennifer launched and managed a highly lucrative sales program for the newly installed Comcast IMAX 3D Theater. Prior to that, Jennifer spent seven years with Live Nation Entertainment's performing arts division in Boston, MA.
"We are very pleased to have Jennifer join the nWave Pictures Distribution team," said Eric Dillens, Chairman of nWave Studios. "In our efforts to expand our sales reach across multiple exhibition platforms, Jennifer brings a unique perspective, having served as both a buyer and seller of filmed content in the commercial and institutional markets."
Janine Baker, nWave’s SVP Film Distribution & Development added, "As we continue to adapt to our exhibitors’ evolving needs, Jennifer will bring fresh insight to those discussions, and will also contribute to our marketing strategy going forward."
"I'm very excited to rejoin the film distribution industry," said Lee Hackett. "nWave’s catalog includes giant screen films, 3D/4D attraction films and ride simulation films. This variety of titles is key to meeting the needs of all the institutional exhibitors and family entertainment centers that are looking for diversified and engaging content. I look forward to working with the nWave team to help expand the company’s reach throughout the Americas."
Jennifer Lee Hackett will be based in Florida and can be reached at jleehackett@nWave.com
About nWave Studios
nWave Studios, an associate company of StudioCanal, is the first fully integrated digital studio in the world specializing exclusively in the production and distribution of immersive stereoscopic/3D films. The studio’s history dates back to 1994, when it was founded by Ben Stassen and the independent TV production company D&D Entertainment Group. The Belgian company quickly established itself as the world’s leading independent producer and distributor of specialty films for attractions, ride films, IMAX® theatres and digital 3D cinemas. Over the last 15 years, nWave has become a leader in these market segments, having handled the sales and marketing of an impressive catalog of 80 plus titles (e.g., “The Little Prince 4D,” “African Adventure 3D,” “Haunted Mine Ride,” “Turtle Vision 4D” and “Haunted Castle 3D”). In 2008, the company produced its first feature-length 3D animated film, “Fly Me to the Moon 3D” ($50M box office gross), followed two years later by “Sammy’s Adventures: The Secret Passage” ($85M box office gross). In 2011, nWave secured a co-production, co-financing and worldwide distribution deal for four feature-length 3D animated films with Paris-based StudioCanal including “Sammy’s Adventures: Escape from Paradise” (2012) and “The House of Magic” (2013). nWave Studios is headquartered in Brussels (Belgium) with a sales company in Burbank (Calif.). For more information: