Ahead of AFM, sales outfit also names Brent Jack as heady of intl. marketing
Bulking up its exec suite prior to the American Film Market, Good Universe toppers Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane have added Helen Lee-Kim as partner and president of international.Good Universe, which launched just before Cannes, also has hired Brent Jack as head of international marketing and publicity for the 4-month-old financing-distribution-sales outfit. Lee-Kim, who has been Lionsgate’s president of international, will align Good Universe with third-party producers and financiers with the aim of bringing feature films with broad commercial appeal to the international market along with driving the international group’s evolution into the TV business. Jack, who has been partnered with Lee-Kim for a decade, will develop customized sales launches and supervise international rollouts for all films. Lee-Kim and Jack worked together with Drake and Kahane at Lionsgate, Mandate Pictures and Senator Intl. on over 70 films. “The beauty of being reunited with the guys is that we have such shorthand from years of working together and I can hit the ground running,” Lee-Kim said. “I’m so excited to put my mark on the company and take it to the next level. We’ll be an unstoppable team.” Lee-Kim has been at Lionsgate since 2007, overseeing international on “The Hunger Games,” the “Saw” franchise, “Hope Springs” and “The Possession” along with third-party titles “Kick Ass,” “Immortals” and “Limitless.” Prior to joining Lionsgate, Lee-Kim was VP of international sales at Mandate. Jack had been Lionsgate’s exec VP of international marketing for the past five years. Good Universe made its first deals at Cannes, locking multi-territory deals with Universal Pictures Intl. for “Oldboy” and “Last Vegas.” Variety reported in April that Lee-Kim was set to step down at the end of the year, part of a reorg of Lionsgate’s overseas arm that placed newly minted studio co-chairman Patrick Wachsberger in charge following Lionsgate’s $412 million leveraged buyout of Summit Entertainment. She continued to represent international sales for the company at Cannes in May.