The exec continues a relationship with Legendary, as part of a two-year first look development and production deal with Legendary Television and Digital Media.
Energi develops, funds and produces premium content for digital and television platforms worldwide, Lesinski said, with the content created by the production company driven by consumer demand as well as platform demographics and analytics.
Legendary will cover overhead and development costs on projects, while enabling Lesinski to own a large percentage of the projects, an incentive to launching Energi.
“For the past 10 years, I’ve had a front row seat to the dynamic and ever-expanding marketplace for original digital entertainment,” Lesinski said. “I am thrilled to pursue my goal of creating the leading production company in the digital space.”
Lesinski already had worked on several projects at Legendary, which have now moved with him under his new banner.
Those include an adaptation of videogame “Dead Rising,” set up at Crackle; and PC game “Myst;” the pilot script “Kelly and Molly;” Alexandra Milchan’s “Life Behind Bars;” “Pet Therapist;” and the reboot of Syd and Marty Krofft’s “Electra Woman & Dyna Girl” with Hannah Hart.
Lesinski joined Legendary in 2013, and reported to Bruce Rosenblum, president of Legendary Television and Digital Media.
Before joining Legendary, Lesinski founded Paramount Digital Entertainment, where he was responsible for monetizing the studio’s content on digital platforms and built the studio’s original content unit which resulted in “Jackass 2.5,” “Jackass 3.5,” “The LXD,” “Circle of 8,” “Burning Love” and the animated “Zoolander” Web series.