Roadshow’s Lake flows to L.A. office

Exec VP to o'see worldwide pic production

SYDNEY — In the midst of increasing its output, Village Roadshow Pictures has bolstered its L.A.-based cadre of execs by bringing production maven Michael Lake over from Australia.

VRP is co-funding seven major films with Warner Bros. as part of its pact to jointly produce 20 pictures over five years, and is developing a slew of other projects outside that arrangement (Daily Variety, Sept. 18).

Lake has been given the new title of executive vice president of worldwide feature production at VRP. Previously, he was managing director of its Australian arm as well as managing director of the Warner Roadshow Movie World Studios on Queensland’s Gold Coast, where he was primarily based.

He will continue to oversee the Queensland facility, where day-to-day operations remain under the aegis of studios manager Lynne Benzie. Lake intends to spend time at the Warner Roadshow lot every six weeks.

Explaining Lake’s relocation to L.A., a Village Roadshow spokesman in Melbourne told Daily Variety, “We need more firepower over there. That’s where the action is happening.”

Lake’s production credits include the recently completed, Prague-lensed “Love Lies Bleeding,” “Tarzan & Jane” and Aussie pics “Hotel de Love” and “Joey.”

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