Hollywood’s New Leaders: Film

Variety‘s Hollywood’s New Leaders profiles those to look out for in the worlds of film, TV, digital and more. For more of the New Leaders, click here.

Crystal Bourbeau, 33 (top row second from right)
Exec VP, sales and distribution, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group
Bourbeau joined Lionsgate in 2007 as director of international sales, moved up the ranks, and is now a key exec leading Lionsgate’s emergence as a major international player (the company generated an average B.O. of $2 billion worldwide each of the past three years). Instrumental in the foreign sales of over 100 films, she helped launch “The Hunger Games” franchise (over $2.5 billion worldwide), the “Divergent” franchise, and shepherded the international success of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2” (over $800 million worldwide). Bourbeau also helps manage third-party international sales like “12 Years a Slave.” “We moved our international sales headquarters to London, positioning us closer to key markets … (and) continue to grow our global distribution infrastructure.”

Jeff Deutchman, 32 (top row far right)
Senior VP, acquisitions and productions, Alchemy
Deutchman’s acquisitions ranged from “Blue Is the Warmest Color” to “The Human Centipede” while working at IFC films and Paramount. Since joining Alchemy in 2014, the self-proclaimed movie buff led acquisitions of the Cannes-prized “The Lobster” and “Mia Madre.” “I’ve been fortunate enough to find myself in a position where I get to watch lots of movies. Bringing movies that I love and finding the largest possible audience for them is a challenge that I really cherish.”

Tara Erer, 30 (bottom row far right)
Senior VP, international sales, FilmNation Entertainment
The Istanbul native rose quickly through the ranks from assistant at the Weinstein Co. to her current position, in which she’s played a significant role in the company’s record-breaking deals (“The Imitation Game” to Weinstein for $7 million, “Story of Your Life” and “Top Five” to Paramount for $20 million and $12.5 million, respectively). She’s responsible for over $50 million in international sales in the first half of 2015 alone. Upcoming: Denis Villeneuve’s “Story of Your Life,” John Lee Hancock’s “The Founder” and Toronto winner “Room.” “I’m driven by the idea of great filmmaking.” Her motto: “Follow the film, follow the filmmaker.”

Emmy Chang, 40 (top row third from left)
VP, publicity, Broad Green Pictures
Hired in July, publicity veteran Chang is now back with her former Relativity boss Adam Keen and couldn’t be happier: “He’s shaped so much of my career,” she says. But Chang brings her own kudos, having worked on the Oscar-winning campaigns for films like last year’s “The Imitation Game.” At Broad Green, she’s already overseen robust indie releases, including “A Walk in the Woods” and “Learning to Drive.” “I feel strongly about letting my team grow and make their own decisions, and empower them as we learn from our mistakes.”

Jessie Henderson, 33 (top row fourth from right)
Exec VP of Productions, Feigco
Who’s director Paul Feig gonna call for an assist in his production company? That would be Henderson, who came over in 2013 from Chernin Entertainment when Feig landed his first-look 20th Century Fox deal and has since scored production credits on “Spy,” “The Heat,” Yahoo series “Other Space” and the upcoming “Ghostbusters” reboot. “Paul has really inspired me in my career. He is tireless and has excellent and specific taste. And he’s a great dresser!”

Elishia Holmes, 37 (top row far left)
Production executive, Michael De Luca Prods.
New at her job at De Luca’s shingle, former story editor Holmes comes out of Scott Free, where she worked alongside Ridley Scott for over three years. “I put a lot of blood and sweat into ‘Paradise Lost,’” she says of the upcoming “Alien” franchise entry. Her greatest success of the past year, she adds, was shepherding Scott’s son Luke’s first directorial effort, the upcoming “Morgan.” “Given the responsibility to make important decisions and be accountable, people tend to rise to the occasion. The other side is that you can give them enough rope to hang themselves.”

Joey Monteiro, 38 (bottom row second from left)
Senior VP, marketing and publicity, Sierra/Affinity
There’s little that’s been quiet about Monteiro’s career recently. He handled festival premieres of five films in Toronto, two at Cannes and oversaw a slate of many more. Of late his duties have expanded to include delivery material creation for international, and he notes an uptick in the need for international-specific marketing materials. Up next: campaigns for “Triple 9” and “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.” “Leadership is about knowing when to step forward and when to step back — and let someone else exercise their expertise.”

Elias Plishner, 39 (top row fifth from left)
Exec VP, worldwide digital marketing, Sony Pictures Entertainment
With 17 years of digital experience, Plishner has been tapped for high honors in the past year, including election into the Advertising Hall of Achievement and membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (don’t ask him how he’ll vote in this year’s Oscars, though). With SPE since 2008, he led the charge as Sony Pictures marketing rep for the MPAA’s 2014-15 anti-piracy campaign. “In the digital space we’re always trying to one-up each other. It’s in our DNA to come up with the next great idea first.”

Nate Moore, 37
VP, production and development
Jonathan Schwartz, 34 (top row third from right)
VP, production and development
Brad Winderbaum, 36 (bottom row far left)
VP, production and development, Marvel Studios
It makes sense that the studio of “The Avengers” would have a team of super-execs behind the wheel. As creative producers, each reporting to president Kevin Feige, they’ve helped keep the studio on track with recent box office hits like “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (Moore, who started out as head of the Marvel writers program); “Guardians of the Galaxy” (Schwartz, who started out as Feige’s assistant) and “Ant-Man” (Winderbaum, who has an Emmy for his Web series “Satacracy 88”). “We have a reputation of being creatively domineering (at the studio), but these three and their personalities prove the opposite is true,” Feige says. “They become invaluable to the filmmakers with whom they work.”

Jacqui Marshall, 39 (not pictured)
Senior VP, legal affairs, Europe, Sony Pictures Entertainment
The London-based Marshall became interested in intellectual property while studying at Cambridge U., then found her way into film financing after graduation. Today, she oversees SPE’s legal affairs across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In recent months, she’s been busy with the studio’s Netflix deals in Europe, as well as its acquisitions of the 16-channel CSC Media Group in the U.K. and the Dutch premium movie service Film1. “My job is so broad, I have at least 30 different issues coming up every day with completely different lines of legal work.Regulatory, corporate, commercial, disputes — you name it — it all comes across my desk.”

Jon Mone, 38 (top row, second from left)
Exec VP, production development, Universal Pictures
Mone broke into the business via a job in the CAA mailroom. Family friends helped get him in the door, “but from there I was on my own,” he says. He completed the CAA training program and wanted to pursue producing, later gaining experience at Mayhem Pictures and Bluegrass Films. Now at Universal, Mone most recently worked on “Straight Outta Compton” and is helping with Universal’s Monsters Cinematic Universe and a possible reboot of “Scarface.” Wonder how he got this far? “You really have to prove your worth. Pull your weight.”

Jordan Park Peed, 35 (top row fourth from left)
Senior VP, international creative advertising, Paramount Pictures
Peed’s internships gave him a good sense of the ins and outs of both the creative side and the marketing side of the film business. And even before he graduated from college, one of his goals was to work internationally. “It was a little more exciting and broad and I liked the idea of being able to specialize a creative campaign based on countries and different regions.”

Pearl Wible, 30 (bottom row second from right)
Director, digital content and strategy, Legendary Entertainment
Wible jump-started her career in 2006 when she wrote and directed Disney’s first foray into viral marketing. She ported her background to Legendary in 2014 and spearheaded an initiative for “Godzilla” at YouTube Space LA. Another achievement: YouTube House of Horrors, in collaboration with helmer Guillermo del Toro, to find fresh voices for the genre. “We built haunted houses at YouTube Spaces in L.A., New York, London, Tokyo and Sao Paulo, and had over 200 filmmakers participate, producing over 200 horror shorts. Interactivity between content creators and audiences (will grow) in the future.”

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