Lionsgate Intl. prexy Lee Kim to leave

Wachsberger to head up sales team

LONDON — Another experienced international sales exec is exiting Lionsgate, as Helen Lee Kim will step down at the end of the year, part of a reorg of its overseas arm that puts newly minted studio co-chairm Patrick Wachsberger in charge.

Lee Kim’s ankling as Lionsgate Int’l prexy comes two months after Variety first reported during the Berlin Film Fest that London-based Summit Intl. prexy and co-founder David Garrett was preparing his own departure. Lee Kim will continue to represent international sales for the studio at the Cannes Film Festival next month.

She joined the company in 2007 with Lionsgate/Mandate exec Joe Drake, who’s also expected to leave soon.

Wachsberger, who co-founded Summit and was recently appointed Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairman, will lead a team of international sales, distribution, marketing and publicity execs from within Lionsgate and Summit. As head of the international sales team, Wachsberger will handle select territories himself, joined by exec vice president of international sales Anne-Marie Ross; senior vice president of international sales Crystal Bourbeau; and EVP Wendy Reeds. All three worked at Lionsgate pre-Summit acquisition.

Summit’s former international marketing and publicity exec Jill Jones will head up the restructured international marketing and publicity operations for Lionsgate Intl., while Summit’s former distribution exec Brad Kembel will oversee international distribution operations.

“Backed by a tremendous pipeline of films, we believe that this team of entrepreneurial executives is superbly qualified to lead the Lionsgate and Summit brands for years to come in an international marketplace rich with opportunity,” Wachsberger said.

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