Lionsgate Local Film Remake Consortium Makes Key Content Hire

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Meg Thomson becomes vp worldwide content at Globalgate Entertainment as it reboots local movies for the world market.

Lionsgate's global consortium to remake local-language movies has hired Meg Thomson as vp worldwide content.

Thomson earlier worked as managing director of Eccho Remakes, representing worldwide remake rights for local-language films like the Danish comedy What Goes Around, the Spanish film The Body, and the Norwegian horror film Manhunt.

The key hire follows Lionsgate teaming with three Los Angeles-based distribution veterans and international partners, including Germany's Tobis and France's Gaumont, to remake local-language films around the world as part of Globalgate Entertainment.

The venture to target international markets with strong local-language movie followings will be led by veteran execs Paul Presburger, William Pfeiffer and Clifford Werber.

Globalgate co-chairman Werber in a statement Wednesday said Thomson had "demonstrated an ability to astutely recognize universal stories that can successfully migrate from one territory to another. She has been far ahead of the curve with regard to the local-language film business and a great addition to our team," he said.

Globalgate will pact with Lionsgate to identify local-language films that worked in one market worldwide, including the U.S., and may travel elsewhere overseas as remade versions.