Lionsgate Names Bobby Cohen, Gillian Bohrer Co-Presidents of Production (Exclusive)
Veteran film executive Michael Paseornek has been promoted to the newly-created role of president of production of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group.
Lionsgate is bolstering its film group with several new hires and promotions.
Bobby Cohen, who produced Now You See Me and its upcoming sequel Now You See Me: The Second Act, and Gillian Bohrer, who most recently served as Lionsgate's executive vp production & development, have been named co-presidents of production at Lionsgate.
Veteran Lionsgate film executive Michael Paseornek, who most recently served as Lionsgate's president of development and production, has been promoted to the newly-created role of president of production of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, overseeing production of films encompassed by the company’s nine labels.
Director of development James Myers has been promoted to vp production for the Summit label under Geoff Shaevitz, who remains president of production for Summit. Cohen, Shaevitz, Paseornek and Bohrer will all report directly to Erik Feig, co-president of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group.
Now You See Me, Cohen's most recent produced film, was a breakout hit for Lionsgate, earning $351.7 million worldwide after opening in May 2013. The sequel which follows the group of magicians who pull off bank heists is set for release on June 10, 2016. While working as a senior producer with Alex Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout, he also helped in the reimagining of Universal’s classic monsters for a new franchise, including Kurtzman’s upcoming reboot of The Mummy.
Cohen previously produced Memoirs of a Geisha, Cider House Rules and Revolutionary Road. Earlier in his career, he served as senior vp production at Miramax, where he worked on Rounders, Clerks, Scream and Beautiful Girls.
“We’re thrilled to bring in-house one of the driving forces behind our emerging Now You See Me franchise, and Bobby’s long track record of critically-acclaimed box office successes reflects the quality of his relationships, the expanse of his creative vision and his tremendous reputation for collaborative team-building,” said Feig. “He and Gillian have the complementary skills to help us continue growing a muscular and diversified Lionsgate portfolio of audience-pleasing event movies.
Bohrer has been an executive on many of Summit and Lionsgate's recent hits, including Warm Bodies and the YA franchise Divergent, which has earned more than $560 million worldwide for the first two films. The third installment, Allegiant – Part 1, opens March 18, 2016. She's also shepherded Whiplash director Damien Chazelle’s upcoming musical comedy drama LaLa Land, which will star Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. While at Summit Entertainment before it was acquired by Lionsgate, she also oversaw the hugely successful Twilight franchise.
“During the 12 years I’ve worked with Gillian, she has overseen films that have collectively grossed over $4 billion at the global box office, including the Twilight and Divergent franchises, and her growth trajectory has been remarkable,” Feig said. “She and Bobby are immensely qualified to lead our Lionsgate production team, and Mike Paseornek is highly experienced in executing our vision and bringing major properties to the screen with trademark Lionsgate efficiency."
Paseornek has been with Lionsgate for 18 years. His list of accomplishments with the studio includes the development and production of Monster’s Ball and American Psycho, growing Lionsgate’s genre business, bringing Tyler Perry to the studio for 15 films that have grossed north of $600 million at the domestic box office, and overseeing physical production on the company's film slate.
Shaevitz, an eight-year vet of Lionsgate, served as the in-house production exec on the Now You See Me franchise. He's also overseeing Summit's upcoming films Deepwater Horizon, Gods of Egypt and The Last Witch Hunter. In his post as director of development, Myers was working on Francis Lawrence’s The Odyssey, the film adaptation of Reza Aslan’s book Zealot: The Life & Times of Jesus of Nazareth, and The Emerald Mile, which centers on the attempt to break the speed record for fastest boat ride through the Grand Canyon.