Lionsgate has promoted Erik Feig to co-president of its motion picture group after a year in which the company’s movies grossed more than $2.3 billion at the global box office. Feig will work alongside co-president Steve Beeks and will continue to report to motion picture co-chairs Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger.
The three of them all worked together at Summit before the company merged with Lionsgate in 2012, a move that transformed Lionsgate into a major studio of unique size and structure. The company had a banner year in 2013, thanks largely to the success of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” which is one of the 10 most successful films of all time at the domestic box office.
Lionsgate also benefited from Summit’s “Now You See Me,” Louis Leterrier‘s caper movie that grossed more than $350 million.
“Erik has assembled a tremendous production slate over the past two years, and he will be a critical, innovative and disruptive part of our future as we continue to evolve as a next generation global content leader,” Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer said in a statement.
Feig, who oversaw the production of “Red,” “The Perks of Being A Wallflower” and “The Hurt Locker,” will handle the upcoming “Hunger Games” movies as well as “Mortdecai,” an action comedy starring Johnny Depp.
“Erik has established a phenomenal track record during his years at Summit and Lionsgate, distinguished by superb talent relationships and a critical eye for identifying, developing and producing a diverse portfolio of film franchises and other world-class branded properties,” Friedman and Wachsberger said in a statement. “He will continue to be an integral part of our motion picture management team as we build on our momentum in the future.”