Focus Features announced Wednesday that Jeb Brody, current president of production at Vendome Pictures, will assume that same role at Focus, NBC Universal’s arthouse division.
Brody will report to Focus CEO James Schamus and president Andrew Karpen, who announced the move in a joint statement.
Brody is replacing Lyons, who left the company in May to work as a producer. At Vendome, Brody supervised production of this year’s “Source Code” and “Larry Crowne,” the company’s first two movies.
“Jeb is an exceptionally talented executive with great taste and instincts, with a genuine track record of making successful, smart movies,” Schamus and Karpen said in the statement. “We’re thrilled to have found an ideal successor to John Lyons.”
Brody previously worked at Big Beach, an independent film production and finance company, where he was an executive producer on “Little Miss Sunshine” among other titles.
He will be based in Los Angeles, though Focus also has offices in New York and London as well. The company, formed by a 2002 merger, has produced Oscar winners such as “Lost in Translation,” “The Pianist” and “Brokeback Mountain.”
“I’ve long admired Focus; for close to a decade now, they’ve consistently made remarkable movies from visionary filmmakers,” Brody said in a statement. “Under John’s leadership, the production team in place at Focus has already put together a terrific slate for next year, and I can’t wait to work with them to complete those projects and get new ones started.”