Meyer to Head Worldwide Publicity for Disney Studios Motion Picture Marketing
Before transitioning into international publicity, Meyer was director, national publicity for Universal Pictures, where she developed and implemented the domestic campaigns on such films as BACK TO THE FUTURE, the Oscar-winning OUT OF AFRICA, THE BREAKFAST CLUB, MASK and BRAZIL. She began her career as a journalist, serving as business editor of THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER and senior film reporter for four-and-a-half years, and eventually the editor of the entertainment trade daily for five years.
Madatian most recently served as svp, publicity/promotions for Paramount Pictures Corp. from 1998-2005. In that role, she supervised all publicity and awards campaigns, for the feature film division and corporate public relations. She oversaw a staff of 40 in Los Angeles, New York and Toronto, and the activities of the field staff in North America. She supervised campaigns for many top films, including: TITANIC, THE TRUMAN SHOW, SOUTH PARK: BIGGER, LONGER & UNCUT, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 2, THE SCHOOL OF ROCK, MEAN GIRLS, WHAT WOMEN WANT, THE HOURS, SPONGEBOBSQUAREPANTS, WAR OF THE WORLDS and Paramount's 90th Anniversary Celebration.
Prior to that, Madatian held the post of vp, national publicity at Twentieth Century Fox where she worked from 1990-1995. During her five-year stint, she supervised publicity campaigns for such films AS WHITE MEN CAN'T JUMP, THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS, MRS. DOUBTFIRE, SPEED, DIE HARD 2, HOME ALONE, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, "MY COUSIN VINNY and HOT SHOTS.
From 1987-1990, Madatian was a senior account exec with Andrea Jaffe Inc., where her roster of personal clients included Tom Cruise, Jim Belushi, Dustin Hoffman, Demi Moore, Richard Gere, Kim Basinger, James Woods and Oliver Stone, among others. She also worked on the publicity campaigns for FATAL ATTRACTION, RAIN MAN, THE LAST EMPEROR, THE ACCUSED and BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY. Her other career highlights include a stint as senior staff publicist for De Laurentiis Ent. Group (1986-1987), an account exec position at Dennis Davidson Assoc. (1985-1986) and a junior publicist role for Fox in San Francisco (1982-1985).
Sewell, a 15-year veteran of Buena Vista International, has served as vp of European Publicity in the Company's London office since 1997. Prior to that, she held the posts of director, European Publicity, and U.K. publicity manager. During her tenure with Disney, she has been instrumental in implementing publicity campaigns throughout Europe for many of the studio's biggest hits: the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN FILMS, THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, THE LION KING, POCAHONTAS, FINDING NEMO, THE INCREDIBLES, TOY STORY, ALADDIN, CRIMSON TIDE, WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING, PEARL HARBOR, etc.
In addition to supervising the BVI European Press Office and serving as liaison to regional and territory publicity offices, Sewell managed all European Festival requests, oversaw the screening campaigns for U.K.-based Academy members, and organized and coordinated European talent tours.
Prior to joining Disney, Sewell worked for Rogers and Cowan as publicity director for Palace Group and Working Title Films. In that role, she handled unit publicity for THE CRYING GAME, and managed publicity for such films as HOWARD'S END and LONG DAY CLOSES at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival. From 1990-1991, she worked in a similar capacity for Frontline Public Relations, where she was the unit publicist for WATERLAND and RAGE IN HARLEM and handled publicity at Cannes for WILD AT HEART.
From 1987-1990, Sewell worked for Warner Bros. as national press officer and publicity manager. Other career highlights include stints as a publicist and international press coordinator for the Toronto Film Festival (1987) and a national press officer for Warner Bros. (U.K. & Ireland).