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So the studio on Wednesday said it will reward the long-time exec by promoting Laucella to president, business and legal affairs for the motion picture group, which has generated around $2 billion worldwide in each of the past three years. “Patricia is a skilled financial strategist, superb negotiator and a great team leader,” said Lionsgate motion picture group co-chairs Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger, and general counsel and chief strategy officer Wayne Levin in a joint statement.
Laucella also structured and negotiated talent deals for Hunger Games: Catching Fire director Francis Lawrence and franchise lead Jennifer Lawrence, on top of other Hunger Games cast members. In her expanded role, Laucella will provide legal backing as Lionsgate builds out its movie division.
The studio’s upcoming film slate includes Gods of Egypt; the live action Power Rangers series; Peter Berg’s Deepwater Horizon, starring Mark Wahlberg; and the supernatural thriller The Last Witch Hunter, starring Vin Diesel. Before coming to Lionsgate, Laucella graduated from New York University and the Harvard Law School, and started her studio career as a production lawyer at Warner Bros.
She then held business and legal affairs exec positions at MGM, Sony Pictures and Paramount Pictures before joining Summit Entertainment as head of motion picture production legal affairs.
Lionsgate acquired Summit Entertainment in January 2012.
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