LONDON — Zygi Kamasa has signed a new long-term agreement to continue serving as chief executive officer of Lionsgate U.K. and to assume additional responsibilities as CEO of Lionsgate’s European office.
In his expanded role, he will spearhead Lionsgate’s “strategic growth initiatives and new business development across Europe, including potential co-production arrangements, M&A initiatives, and entry into new lines of business.”
Lionsgate has relocated its international sales and distribution headquarters to London, moving its international sales executives closer to key European markets.
“Zygi is one of the entrepreneurial executives playing a leadership role in moving Lionsgate forward around the world,” said Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer. “He and his team have grown Lionsgate U.K. into a vibrant and diversified company, and his expanded mandate for Europe underscores our commitment to continue building Lionsgate into a next generation global content leader.”
Lionsgate U.K., which recently expanded its distribution slate to include Summit as well as Lionsgate releases, is coming off two straight years of record revenue and profits as the company continues to diversify its slate and broaden its relationships. Kamasa and his team have overseen the investment, production and distribution of more than 350 films and have launched over 150 top 10 box office hits in the U.K., including the first three installments of Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games” franchise, the “Saw” horror franchise, “Olympus Has Fallen,” “Cabin in the Woods” and Steven Soderbergh’s “Magic Mike.”
Kamasa has also developed a strong track record in investing in U.K. projects. Recent examples include the adaptation of Eric Lomax’s autobiography, “The Railway Man,” starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman; and the upcoming “A Little Chaos,” directed by Alan Rickman and starring Kate Winslet, Stanley Tucci and Matthias Schoenaerts.
“Zygi has achieved record results and established an important film brand at Lionsgate U.K.,” said Lionsgate co-chief operating officer and motion picture group president Steve Beeks. “His business acumen, creative leadership and strong talent relationships will be invaluable as he continues to grow Lionsgate U.K.’s portfolio of businesses as well as exploring innovative growth opportunities across the European continent.”
“I’m delighted to continue growing our business within the entrepreneurial and forward-looking culture that Jon, Michael, Steve and the rest of the Lionsgate team have created,” said Kamasa. “Lionsgate’s emergence as a content leader with global scope positions us to continue building our portfolio of production and distribution businesses in the U.K. as well as exploring strategic opportunities across the European continent.”