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Alchemy CEO Bill Lee steps down

‘Fading Gigolo’

Woody Allen, left, and John Turturro in the Alchemy movie “Fading Gigolo." 

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Bill Lee, the chief executive of indie movie distributor Alchemy, has stepped down from his job at the company he bought with a team of investors last year. 

Lee’s abrupt departure Monday comes less than a year after the Los Angeles-based company changed its name to Alchemy from Millennium Entertainment.  

Alchemy will now be led by insiders Kelly Summers and Scott Guthrie, who will serve as co-presidents, the company said in a statement. Lee will continue as an adviser to the firm’s board and as an investor.

“After many years with the company, it’s time to hand over the reins to a new team of talented executives,” Lee said in a statement. 

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A representative for Lee declined to comment. 

In August 2014, Lee led a management team to acquire the business from producer Avi Lerner’s Nu Image.

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Alchemy’s services include theatrical, home video, video on demand and television distribution, with titles including “Meet the Patels,” “Fading Gigolo” and “What Maisie Knew.” The company says it represents 75% of all independent titles sold at big-box retailer Target. 

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Summers and Guthrie will report to Alchemy board chairman Jesse Watson. Guthrie previously served as Alchemy’s chief operating officer. Summers was senior vice president of strategy and financial planning. 

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