Longtime entertainment industry executive and entrepreneur Nathan Kahane has been appointed president of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group and former Good Universe and Disney executive Erin Westerman executive vice president of production, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Chairman Joe Drake announced Thursday.
The moves are part of a realignment of Lionsgate’s motion picture business under its new leadership team.
Kahane, a co-founder and CEO of Good Universe, the film production company founded by Drake and Kahane and acquired by Lionsgate in October, and former president of Mandate Pictures, has served as an executive producer on more than 30 films, including “Juno,” the “Harold & Kumar” franchise and “Evil Dead.”
“I have worked alongside Nathan as an executive, entrepreneur and producer for 15 years, during which he has demonstrated a combination of great leadership skills, a game-changing approach to filmmaking, and talent relationships that are second to none,” Drake said.
“He has exactly the right skill set to sharpen the focus of our film slate, deepen our relationships with world-class talent, and lead our Motion Picture Group to the next level of performance.”
Kahane said he was “thrilled by the opportunity to join a great leadership team at one of the most innovative and exciting studios in the business.”
“I look forward to assembling a commercially exciting, diverse slate of films that establishes Lionsgate as a premier destination for the top creative talent in the world,” Kahane said.
“I’m also pleased to see Erin Westerman expand her managerial role, as she has already proven her superb creative instincts, talent relationships, and keen eye for top properties on which we will be focused.”
Westerman was an executive producer of “The Disaster Artist” and “Don’t Breathe.”
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