Lionsgate Promotes Erin Westerman to President of Movie Production

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The former Good Universe and Disney exec was last year named executive vp production amid a shake-up at the studio's film division

Lionsgate on Tuesday said it has promoted Erin Westerman to president of production at the studio's realigning Motion Picture Group.

Westerman, a former Good Universe and Disney exec, joined Lionsgate in October 2018 as executive vp production, overseeing the studio's creative film production team. Since joining Lionsgate, Westerman has helped target movies in the horror, action, faith, family and comedy genres as the studio looks for film franchises after the end of the Hunger Games and Twilight movie series.

As Hollywood looks for box office in 2019, Lionsgate at the halfway stage of the year on June 1 had a domestic market share of 7 percent, enough for fourth place behind Universal at 15.3 percent, and ahead of Sony in fifth place at 5.8 percent, according to Comscore.

Recent Lionsgate releases include Rian Johnson’s Knives Out, starring Daniel Craig, Chris Evans and Jamie Lee Curtis, and the untitled Charles Randolph/Jay Roach production to star Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie.

"Since joining Lionsgate, Erin has consistently demonstrated her outstanding taste for material as well as her keen eye for talent. Time and again, she has shown her leadership experience and steady hand while skillfully managing the process of assembling, producing and releasing a slate of studio films,” MPG president Nathan Kahane, who announced her promotion along with MPG chairman Joe Drake, said in a statement.

Drake earlier served as co-COO of the studio's motion picture group until co-founding Good Universe in 2012 with Kahane, where Westerman also worked as head of creative development.

The latest shake-up of the MPG has also seen the centralization of the studio's film marketing and distribution efforts in the Santa Monica headquarters. The film division has also been in the throes of change since Patrick Wachsberger and Rob Friedman left the helm, to be eventually replaced by Drake and Kahane's current reign.

"I have been privileged to work with Nathan and Joe for many years and I’m endlessly inspired by their entrepreneurship and their passion for film and talent,” said Westerman in her own statement.