Magazine article Screen International

Nancy Kirkpatrick to Leave Summit

Magazine article Screen International

Nancy Kirkpatrick to Leave Summit

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The veteran had served as Summit Entertainment's president of worldwide marketing for the past six years and departs as Lionsgate and Summit integrate marketing operations.

Kirkpatrick shepherded the marketing of all five Twilight films and the recent Divergent launch.

Feature film marketing is being integrated under chief marketing officer Tim Palen, who will oversee marketing of Lionsgate and Summit films as well as those from Pantelion Films and urban unit Codeblack Films.

Palen also assumes expanded responsibilities for merchandising, theme park attractions and new business opportunities generated by franchises.

"Now was the right time to take the next step in integrating the marketing departments of our Lionsgate and Summit film labels as we continue to achieve significant operational synergies following the acquisition of Summit Entertainment two years ago," said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairs Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger. …

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