Lions Gate opens for Ruiz

Ex-tenpercenter to help package projects

Former CAA talent agent Jonathan Ruiz has joined Lions Gate Films as a production VP.

During his 11 years at the agency, Ruiz worked with clients including Penelope Cruz, John C. Reilly, Jessica Alba and Jay Hernandez.

“As we expanded our slate into more commercial areas, we found that we needed more help in packaging our movies,” said Michael Paseornek, prexy of Lions Gate Films Prods. “Jonathan has the relationships in the talent community and the understanding of what makes actors want to take projects.”

Paseornek said that while Lions Gate will produce perhaps eight arthouse pics next year, the bulk of the slate will be horror, teen and urban pics, as well as what he calls “films of opportunity,” such as the ambitious Marvel project “Black Widow.”

Ruiz will work closely with fellow VP John Sacchi and director of development Alex Franklin.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety