Lionsgate Names Damon Wolf as Film Group Marketing Head

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He replaces Tim Palen, who earlier this month stepped down as Lionsgate's longtime president of worldwide theatrical marketing, the latest in a string of executive changes at the studio.

Lionsgate has named Damon Wolf to replace Tim Palen as president of worldwide theatrical marketing, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Palen earlier this month stepped down as the studio's longtime film marketing head and will remain on as chief brand officer, reporting to CEO Jon Feltheimer.

Palen helped in the search for a new theatrical marketing chief and will be on hand for the transition before Wolf joins Lionsgate on Jan. 1. Wolf currently serves as executive vp and co-head of marketing for TriStar Pictures, Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Acquisitions.

Wolf was brought into the studio in 2014 by Tom Rothman to head up marketing as TriStar Pictures was relaunched. He then segued to the Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group when Rothman became its chairman.

Wolf's recent film creative campaigns include work on Baby Driver and Don't Breathe, and franchise installments of Resident Evil and Underworld.

In his next role, Wolf will report to Lionsgate Motion Picture Group chair Joe Drake. His hire comes as Drake assembles his leadership team after Nathan Kahane was recently named president of the motion picture group.

Kahane succeeded Erik Feig as president of the motion picture group after Feig decided to leave. Kahane worked with Drake at Good Universe, the company founded by Drake after an earlier stint at Lionsgate. Patrick Wachsberger, who had served as co-chairman of the motion picture group, also departed.

In an internal memo to fellow Sony Pictures Entertainment staff obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Wolf offered his "heartfelt thanks to Tom Rothman, who has been an important figure in my career both as a mentor and a friend; Josh Greenstein, who I’ve had the pleasure of working with since we were both a lot younger; and Danielle Misher, who is among the very best, both as a creative partner and work wife."

He added, "And I look forward to working alongside Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane as Lionsgate moves into an exciting new chapter, and building on the high creative bar Tim Palen has set."

June 26, 11:30 a.m. Updated with comments from an internal memo from Wolf to his SPE colleagues on news of his pending move to Lionsgate.