Erik Feig to Head Movie Production at Combined Summit-Lionsgate

3:42 PM PST 02/09/2012 by Alex Ben Block

Following the acquisition of Summit, Lionsgate has named Feig to work under his former bosses, Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger.

In the wake of its acquisition of Summit Entertainment, Erik Feig has been named president, production, for the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group.

Feig reports to his former bosses at Summit, Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger, who were recently named Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairmen.

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Feig will oversee development and production of movies for both Lionsgate and Summit, which are being kept as separate labels, at least for now. He will work closely with Jason Constantine, President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions for Lionsgate, on theatrical co-productions and acquisitions.

"Erik has been instrumental to Summit’s success over the past decade and we look forward to continuing our relationship with him in this new chapter," Friedman and Wachsberger said in a statement. "With his incredible eye for films with global appeal and his ever growing list of accomplishments, we are fortunate to have such a talented individual working on our team."

Feig reciprocated the respect.

"Jon Feltheimer and Michael Burns and the Lionsgate team have found enormous success in taking smart creative and business bets that support unique filmmaker voices and make financial sense as well," said Feig in a statement. "With our combined slates, powerful franchises and innovative cultures, we are poised for even more success across a broad spectrum of audiences and genres."

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Feig most recently was President of Worldwide Production and Acquisitions at Summit. Movies developed under his tenure include The Twilight Saga, Source Code and Letters To Juliet. During his time the studio also acquired domestic distribution rights to Oscar winner The Hurt Locker.

Summit also acquired during his tenure A Better Life, starring Demián Bichir, who is an Oscar nominee for Best Actor.

Before Summit, Feig produced the teen comedy Slackers, released through Sony Pictures Entertainment. He had a producing deal with Artisan, and since 2007 has overseen Summit’s production.

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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.

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