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Lions Gate opens for Ruiz

Ex-tenpercenter to help package projects

Former CAA talent agent Jonathan Ruiz has joined Lions Gate Films as a production VP.

During his 11 years at the agency, Ruiz worked with clients including Penelope Cruz, John C. Reilly, Jessica Alba and Jay Hernandez.

“As we expanded our slate into more commercial areas, we found that we needed more help in packaging our movies,” said Michael Paseornek, prexy of Lions Gate Films Prods. “Jonathan has the relationships in the talent community and the understanding of what makes actors want to take projects.”

Paseornek said that while Lions Gate will produce perhaps eight arthouse pics next year, the bulk of the slate will be horror, teen and urban pics, as well as what he calls “films of opportunity,” such as the ambitious Marvel project “Black Widow.”

Ruiz will work closely with fellow VP John Sacchi and director of development Alex Franklin.

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