Lions Gate ups Link to prexy

CEO adds title, to o'see management, integration of film, TV, animation operations

Lions Gate Films CEO Andre Link has been appointed president of parent company Lions Gate Entertainment. He will maintain his position at Lions Gate Films as well as his post on the Lions Gate board of directors.

In Link’s new role, he will be responsible for all overall management and integration of the company’s film, television and animation operations. He will remain based in Montreal.

Link and John Dunning formed Lions Gate precursor Cinepix Film Properties in 1962. With early success in French-language movie production and distribution, Cinepix went on to become the first Canadian film company to successfully launch a U.S. distribution arm.

“We’ve been extremely successful on the world stage, but it’s important for us to maintain our strong Canadian ties,” said Lions Gate Entertainment CEO Jon Feltheimer. “Andre is the perfect man for the job.”

Added Link, “I also believe strongly that Lion’s Gate’s unique relationship with Canada gives it a distinct advantage in the industry.”

Link’s appointment continues the reshaping of Lions Gate, which most recently announced the pending acquisition of Trimark Entertainment in deal valued at more than $80 million in cash, stock and debt.

Upcoming Canadian Lions Gate productions include the sequels “Taxi 2,” “Les Boys 3” and “Asterix 2.” Currently in pre-production are Jean Beaudin’s “Le Collectionneur” and Denise Filiatrault’s “Maman Last Call.”

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