As Legendary Entertainment expands across the board, the company has promoted one of its top execs, Jon Jashni, to the newly created post of president.
The exec’s role as chief creative officer will expand to work on areas of growth including Legendary Television, Legendary Comics and Legendary East.
Since joining Legendary in early 2006, Jashni has been instrumental in shepherding the pics that the Thomas Tull-owned shingle has co-financed and produced with Warner Bros., including the recent Batman and Superman pics, “The Town,” “Where the Wild Things Are,” “300,” “Watchmen,” “Clash of the Titans” and its sequel, and the “Hangover” franchise.
He also helped launch a new slate that Legendary is fully financing on its own, such as “Paradise Lost,” “Godzilla” and the Guillermo del Toro-helmed robots vs. monsters mashup “Pacific Rim,” out through WB in 2013.
Jashni will continue serving as chief creative officer at Legendary Pictures, reporting to Tull. He is currently producing “Pacific Rim,” “Paradise Lost” and “Seventh Son.”
But his new prexy stripes will now have the exec work more closely with the company’s strategic planning and brand marketing teams on new growth efforts that involve Legendary Television and, in some capacity, Legendary Comics.
He will also join the board of Legendary East, the stand-alone Hong Kong-based studio formed in June to produce pics developed with Chinese moviegoers in mind.
“As a trusted and exemplary member of Legendary’s executive team for almost six years, we have every confidence that Jon will excel in this new leadership role,” Tull said.
Before joining Legendary, Jashni was president of Hyde Park Entertainment, where he produced such pics as “Shopgirl,” “Dreamer,” “Premonition” and “Walking Tall” during his three years there, and served as senior VP of production at 20th Century Fox, where he worked on “Anna and the King” and “Ever After.” His resume also includes partner at Alchemy Entertainment and prexy at Giant Pictures.
“I am grateful to Thomas and the board for the opportunity to contribute on a broader scale through this newly expanded role, particularly at this time in the company’s growth trajectory,” Jashni said.