Lionsgate Names STX’s Adam Fogelson as Motion Picture Group Vice Chair – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE:  Adam Fogelson has been appointed Vice Chair of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, and can start Sept. 1 as he segues from his function as STX Entertainment Motion Picture Group Chairman, a post he’s held for the final eight years.

In his new function at Lionsgate, Fogelson will oversee worldwide advertising and theatrical distribution and be a part of the Motion Picture Group’s management group concerned in all elements of planning and executing their content material technique. He will report on to Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Chair Joe Drake.

At STX, Fogelson constructed a notable characteristic slate of mid-sized funds movies, geared toward particular demos, which crossed over to wider audiences, i.e. Jennifer Lopez’s highest grossing pic on the domestic field office, Hustlers ($105M, $158M WW); the $314M-plus grossing Bad Moms franchise, The Upside ($125M WW), and The Gentlemen ($115M WW) amongst others. During the pandemic, STX, like many different studios, pivoted, sending some titles to streaming, and with a money achieve to indicate for it. The Gerard Butler sci-fi movie Greenland, after a PVOD window stateside, noticed its streaming and pay TV rights go to HBO for a reported $20M-$30M. The Kristen Bell-Kirby Howell Baptiste comedy Queenpins offered to Paramount+ and Showtime for an estimated $20M. The Dave Bautista motion comedy, My Spy, went to Amazon Prime and was so successful on the platform that there’s been speak of a sequel.

The information about Fogelson’s appointment comes within the wake of buzz earlier this year that Lionsgate was in talks to amass STX Entertainment as it freed itself from its earlier merger with Eros. As Deadline first instructed you, STX opted to stay impartial, severing itself from Eros, and shutting its sale to The Najafi Companies, with Birch Grove LP and 777 Partners offering financing for his or her slate. STX stays in full operation following Fogelson’s departure, with Robert Simonds as STX chairman, and Noah Fogelson as CEO. STX is planning a slate of 15 titles a year comprised of theatrical and streaming films.

Prior to becoming a member of STX, Fogelson was chairman of Universal Pictures, the place he led the studio to 3 of probably the most profitable years in that studio’s historical past.

Said Drake, “Adam is one of our industry’s most experienced executives. As we launch new installments of the Hunger Games, Dirty Dancing, and John Wick franchises, as well as new IP, franchises and properties, we are looking forward to having his skills, experience and respected leadership. His longstanding relationships with the industry’s most creative collaborators will prove invaluable as we focus on our upcoming slate.”

“I have immense respect and affection for Joe and the Lionsgate team, and I’m thrilled to be joining them. During conversations about how Lionsgate and STX could work more closely together, this opportunity presented itself and became an exciting next step for me,” mentioned Fogelson. “Throughout my career, helping to grow existing franchises, identify new ones, and find uniquely creative and profitable ways to bring films to market has been a huge focus. Everything about Lionsgate, both from a content and a cultural standpoint, make this a wonderful fit for me. I’m also incredibly proud of what STX has accomplished during these transformative eight years and I’m excited to see what Noah and Bob have in store.”

Lionsgate’s upcoming slate of theatrical releases consists of Prey for the Devil on Oct. 28; Jesus Revolution on Feb. 24, 2023; John Wick: Chapter 4 on March 24, 2023; Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret on April 28, 2023; and The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes on Nov. 17, 2023.

During Fogelson’s tenure as Chairman of Universal Pictures from 2009 by means of October 2013, he oversaw worldwide operations for the movement picture group, together with its international theatrical, house leisure, partnerships & licensing, finance, human resources and communications divisions. In 2012 and once more in 2013, below Fogelson’s management, Universal celebrated its highest grossing years on the international field office within the company’s 100+ year historical past at the moment. During his tenure as Chairman, Universal launched a number of hits together with Ted, Bridesmaids, Contraband, Safe House, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Snow White and the Huntsman, Identity Thief, Pitch Perfect, Mama, The Purge, Les Misérables. Despicable Me 1 and 2, Fast Five, and Fast & Furious 6. Other greenlit movies whereas Fogelson was Chairman embody Jurassic World, Lone Survivor, Ride Along, Non-Stop, Neighbors, The Purge 2, Fifty Shades of Grey, and Lucy.

Fogelson joined Universal in 1998, starting as VP of Creative Advertising and rising to President of Marketing and Distribution in 2007. During his time in Universal’s advertising operations, Fogelson labored on all of the movies within the Meet the Parents, Bourne, American Pie and The Fast and the Furious franchises, together with different field office successes together with Mamma Mia!, American Gangster, Knocked Up, Bruce Almighty, Seabiscuit, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, 8 Mile, The Break-Up, Erin Brockovich, Notting Hill, Bring It On and Ray.

He additionally managed the advertising marketing campaign for Universal’s Tony Award-winning smash-hit musical Wicked.

Fogelson’s work on Universal’s numerous theatrical slate earned him recognition from Advertising Age as 2009’s Entertainment Marketer of the Year.

Fogelson graduated from Stanford University in 1989, incomes a BA in Communication.

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