Zurich: Lionsgate's Patrick Wachsberger to Get Game Changer Award (Exclusive)

Patrick Wachsberger Headshot - P 2013
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Patrick Wachsberger Headshot - P 2013

The co-chairman of Lionsgate's Motion Picture Group, behind franchises such as 'The Hunger Games' and 'Divergent,' will be honored later this month at the Zurich Summit.

Patrick Wachsberger, one of the most powerful and respected executives in the independent film business, will be honored with this year's Game Changer Award at the Zurich International Film Festival, it was announced Monday.

Wachsberger will receive the Game Changer honor at the Zurich Summit, an industry-focused event held over the festival's first weekend of Sept. 24-25. The award is meant to honor an individual who has been able to “successfully navigate through the aggressively changing entertainment landscape, and Patrick Wachsberger has been able to accomplish this feat quite gracefully,” noted Katherine Winston and Amy Baker, managing partners at Zurich Summit organizer Winston Baker.

Added Zurich festival co-director Karl Spoerri: "Our goal at the Zurich Summit is to inspire the next generation of game changers within the industry — and we see Patrick as one who truly inspires the next generation on a global level."

As co-chairman of Lionsgate's Motion Picture Group, along with Rob Friedman, Wachsberger has helped deliver the global teen franchises The Hunger Games and Divergent. The two men also have expanded Lionsgate's film business with such ventures as Pantelion Films, which targets Hispanic audiences, and Codeblack Pictures, which is geared towards African-American moviegoers.

Lionsgate is now facing another major strategic shift, following its $4.4 billion deal to acquire premium TV company Starz.

Lionsgate's latest pic, the real-life disaster drama Deepwater Horizon, directed by Peter Berg and starring Mark Wahlberg, will have a gala screening in Zurich on Sept. 28.

Other participants attending this year's Zurich Summit include director Oliver Stone and his Snowden producer Moritz Borman; Sony Pictures Classics co-president Michael Barker; Killer Films boss Christine Vachon; and Wei Han, head of China's Bliss Media.