Industry vet named chief operating officer
Lionsgate has named industry veteran Andrew Kramer as chief operating officer of international distribution.Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairs Patrick Wachsberger and Rob Friedman made the announcement. Kramer will report to Wachsberger and Friedman. Kramer will also work closely with Steve Beeks in his capacity as president of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group. He will join Lionsgate in April after his current contract at The Weinstein Company expires. Kramer has been assigned to help Wachsberger continue to grow all aspects of Lionsgate’s international film business, including international film acquisitions and packaging, creation of international co-production and co-financing opportunities and extension of Lionsgate’s relationships into new territories. “The international theatrical marketplace offers tremendous growth opportunities for Lionsgate, and Andrew is ideally qualified to help us continue to build our momentum around the world,” said Wachsberger and Friedman. Lionsgate’s film business grossed $2.5 billion at the worldwide box office in 2012. It also established new output deals in France, Germany, Spain, Scandinavia, Benelux, Australia/New Zealand and Russia and expanding its partnership with IDC in Latin America. Kramer has been serving as president of business and legal affairs and general counsel at TWC. He also worked at Warner Independent Pictures before joining TWC seven years ago.