As expected, the new Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, which since the merger with Summit Entertainment is now run by co-chairmen Patrick Wachsberger and Rob Friedman, has appointed their Summit production chief Erik Feig as president of production. “Erik has been instrumental to Summit’s success over the past decade,” they said. That would include the “Twilight” franchise, as well as “50/50,” “Source Code” and “Red.” Among their acquisitions was Oscar-winning “The Hurt Locker.” This year Demian Bichir is nominated for best actor for “A Better Life.”
Feig will supervise development and production of films from both the Lionsgate and Summit labels, and will Feig will work coordinate with Lionsgate acquisitions and co-productions chief Jason Constantine on films headed for theatrical release. Summit managed to hang on to Feig, who is well-regarded and was wooed by Disney and other studios.
“With our combined slates, powerful franchises and innovative cultures,” said Feig. “We are poised for even more success across a broad spectrum of audiences and genres.”
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Feig began his career by packaging and producing the hit I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER films. He then went on to produce the teen comedy SLACKERS for Sony. During the late 1990s, he continued to develop projects for many of the major studios and networks, while operating under an overall producing deal with Artisan Entertainment, a then client of Summit. Feig ran Summit’s production banner since 2007 and also became a partner in the company as it grew into a worldwide studio, earning executive producer and producer credits along the way on films as varied as MR. & MRS. SMITH; Paul Haggis’s IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH; and the films in the STEP UP series. Feig is on the board of LA’s Promise, a not-for-profit group dedicated to working with disadvantaged public high schools and their communities in Los Angeles. Feig received a BA in English, with honors, from Columbia University, in 1992.