Magazine article Screen International

Lionsgate Rings Changes in International Operations

Magazine article Screen International

Lionsgate Rings Changes in International Operations

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The studio has confirmed that Helen Lee Kim will step down as president of international after Cannes, as first reported on Screendaily last month. Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairman Patrick Wachsberger will lead the new team and made the announcement on Thursday (12).

The new international sales, distribution marketing and publicity structure will service existing distribution partners with films from both the Lionsgate and Summit slates as a result of the January merger, as well as third party films.

Wachsberger (pictured) will take the lead on select territories alongside evp of international sales Anne-Marie Ross, svp of international sales Crystal Bourbeau and evp Wendy Reeds, who also heads sales for the fledgling Celestial Tiger Entertainment venture in Asia.

Summit veteran Jill Jones will oversee the restructured international marketing and publicity operation as evp of international marketing and publicity.

Executive vp of international distribution Brad Kembel also arrived from Summit and his team will oversee international distribution operations.

Brent Jack, who until the restructure served for years as Lionsgate's evp of international marketing and publicity, was offered a position but has decided to leave the company.

"Backed by a tremendous pipeline of films, we believe that this team of entrepreneurial executives is superbly qualified to lead the Lionsgate and Summit brands for years to come in an international marketplace rich with opportunity," Wachsberger said. …

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