Joe Drake
United States
2018

Lionsgate

Joe
Drake

Chair, Motion Picture Group

In late 2017, Drake was named co-chair of Lionsgate’s motion picture group, returning 
to the company where he previously served as co-COO and motion picture group president. The position he filled had been vacant for about a year since Rob Friedman stepped down. He first left Lionsgate in 2012 to found Good Universe with Nathan Kahane, now the studio’s motion picture group president. Drake was responsible for the launching of the company’s hit franchises such as “The Hunger Games,” which grossed nearly $3 billion worldwide and made Jennifer Lawrence a global star. He had previously co-founded Mandate Pictures, where he served as president from 2001 to 2007, and prior to that he was senior VP of international theatrical at Rysher Entertainment.

Career

  • Mandate Pictures
  • Lionsgate
  • Good Universe
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Lionsgate Names Joe Drake Co-Chair of Motion Picture Group

Lionsgate Names Joe Drake Co-Chair of Motion Picture Group

Lionsgate announced Thursday morning that Joe Drake has returned to the company as co-chair of its motion picture group. Drake will serve alongside Patrick Wachsberger, who recently signed on to run Lionsgate's worldwide film operations.The newly named co-chair returns to the company where he previously served as co-COO and motion picture group president for five years before going off to found Good Universe in 2012. At Lionsgate, Drake was responsible for launching the "Hunger Games" and "Expendables" franchises.His Good Universe...

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