Lionsgate U.K. Head Nicola Pearcey to Step Down

Nicola Pearcey
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The current president of Lionsgate’s film and TV operations in the U.K. is leaving at the end of 2020 "to pursue new opportunities."

Nicola Pearcey, president of Lionsgate’s film and TV operations in the U.K., will be leaving the Hollywood studio to "pursue new opportunities" at the end of the year, it was announced on Tuesday.

During her 14 years with Lionsgate, Pearcey helped release studio film titles like The Hunger Games, John Wick, The Expendables, La La Land, Knives Out and Military Wives.

"My tenure at Lionsgate has been deeply rewarding, but the time has come for me to pursue an expanding range of new opportunities. It has been a privilege to help grow this company and to help build an immensely talented family internally and externally, and I’m proud of the great content and partnerships we have created over the years,” Pearcey said in a statement.

Last July, Pearcey as Lionsgate president of U.K. and Europe took over the day-to-day duties of the London-based operation after Zygi Kamasa departed as the longtime CEO of Lionsgate U.K.

"I want to thank Nicola for 14 years of valuable contributions to the growth of our business in the U.K... It has been a real pleasure working with her, and we wish her the very best in her future endeavors," Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer said in his own statement.

UK filmmakers paid tribute to Pearcey as she gets set to exit the studio. “Nicola has been a fantastic partner at Lionsgate over the years. Her brilliant leadership of a very talented and loyal team, resulted in some of the strongest independent film releases in the UK. Her distribution and marketing knowledge, and most importantly, her infectious enthusiasm, will be greatly missed," Embankment Films co-founder and partner Hugo Grumbar said in a statement.

"Her creativity and unparalleled experienced and knowledge of the business will be missed, but we look forward to continuing to work with her in her next chapter," Debra Hayward and Alison Owen at UK producer Monumental Pictures added about Pearcey's departure.