Lionsgate, a leading diversified global entertainment company, announced today the reorganization of its international feature film operations under recently appointed Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairman Patrick Wachsberger, completing a key element of the integration of Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment following Lionsgate's January 2012 acquisition of Summit.
The new team will be led by a talented group of executives from within the Lionsgate and Summit ranks under the direction of Wachsberger and will continue to service existing distribution partners with films from both the Lionsgate and Summit labels as well as third party films.
"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," said Wachsberger. "This team blends diverse strengths from both companies, and we believe that it reflects the enormous potential that can be achieved by our combined operations going forward."
The new international team reflects new leadership in three areas – International Sales, International Marketing & Publicity and International Distribution. Wachsberger will lead the newly constituted international sales team, handling select territories himself, joined on a worldwide basis by Executive Vice President International Sales Anne-Marie Ross and Senior Vice President International Sales Crystal Bourbeau, as well as Executive Vice President Wendy Reeds, who also heads up sales for the recently launched Celestial Tiger Entertainment (CTE) venture in Asia.
Ross has an 11-year tenure in international sales for Lionsgate and has been instrumental in the international sales and launches of some of Lionsgate's most successful films, including THE HUNGER GAMES and the SAW franchise. She oversees feature film sales for several key European territories as well as Latin America and Japan.
Bourbeau has worked for Lionsgate International since 2007, managing territories in Asia and Eastern Europe, including the fast-growing Russian market. Her responsibilities have also been expanded to include additional European territories such as Spain. Reeds relocated to Hong Kong last year where she serves as Executive Vice President, Content and Distribution, for Celestial Tiger Entertainment, Lionsgate's venture with the Saban Capital Group and Astro's Celestial Pictures. Reeds spearheads all of CTE's content licensing activities worldwide as well as the sales and distribution of Lionsgate's new film and TV releases and library content in Southeast Asia and China.