Focus Features taps Chernin’s McLaughlin

Exec named senior VP of production

Chernin Entertainment’s exec VP Josh McLaughlin is joining Focus Features as senior VP of production.

McLaughlin, who begins working this month out of Focus’ west coast offices, will report to Focus’ production prexy Jeb Brody. He’ll work with Focus’ global production team in New York, London, and Los Angeles.

McLaughlin spent nearly two years working alongside Peter Chernin and Dylan Clark to grow the film production arm at Chernin Entertainment. He previously served as exec VP and co-head of the motion picture division of The Mark Gordon Company, where he produced Kasi Lemmons’ “Talk to Me” for Focus. McLaughlin, who began his industry career at The Gersh Agency, spent eight years working for Mark Gordon at his eponymous banner after working with him for two years at Mutual Film Company.

“Josh is a gifted executive who not only has extensive relationships within the creative community – particularly with directors and writers – but who also has a knack for finding and developing smart material. He will be a great addition to the Focus team,” said Brody.

Focus currently has Paul Weitz’s Robert De Niro-Paul Dano pic “Being Flynn” in theaters, and will soon premiere Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom” at Cannes.

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