With the Sundance Film Festival kicking off next week, Open Road Films announced its hiring of Peter Lawson as exec VP of production and acquisitions. Lawson will report to the company’s CEO Tom Ortenberg.

Prior to joining Open Road, Lawson served as head of acquisitions and co-productions for the Weinstein Co. Most recently, he served as president of production for two years at Thunder Road.

“Peter’s great taste and depth of expertise in the acquisitions arena is unparalleled,” Ortenberg said in a statement.  “As our business evolves and we continue to acquire projects in the script and pre-production phases, Peter’s production savvy will be a tremendous asset to the entire team at Open Road.”

Lawson replaces former acquisition chief Ben Cotner, who was with Open Road since the company started in 2011.

Open Road recently released Justin Beiber’s music docu “Believe,” which has underperformed with just $6 million at the domestic box office. Prior to that, the studio had success with Jason Statham actioner “Homefront,” grossing more than $20 million Stateside.