Lesinski, a longtime Sonar board member, had served since September as interim chief of the production company. He took the reins following the exit of former CEO Gene Stein, who left to join Gaumon International TV.
“In the time that Tom has taken the helm as Sonar’s interim CEO, he has without question demonstrated how ideally suited he is to guide our ongoing growth and expansion,” said Sonar chairman and managing director Gabriel de Alba. “He has the vision and the leadership skills to ensure that the momentum the company currently enjoys will continue and accelerate moving forward.”
Sonar has pushed into series programming in recent years. The company produces MTV’s “The Shannara Chronicles,” AMC’s “The Son,” We TV’s “South of Hell” and the upcoming “Taboo” for the BBC and FX, starring and executive produced by Tom Hardy. The company is developing projects based on Stephen King’s “Mr. Mercedes,” Vivek J. Tiwary’s “The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story” and Tim Dorsey’s “Florida Roadkill.”
Lesinski joined the Sonar board of directors in 2013. He previously served as president of digital entertainment for Paramount Pictures and as worldwide home entertainment president for Paramount. He also was the CEO and founder of Energi Entertainment, and spent 10 years as executive vice president and general manager of home entertainment for Warner Bros.
“This is a great company with a clear mandate and strong creative momentum,” Lesinski said. “I’m grateful to Catalyst and the Sonar board for the ongoing support and look forward to the opportunity.”