SANTA MONICA, Calif. and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 13 /CNW/ --
As part of the continuing growth of Lionsgate's music operations, Lenny Wohl
has been promoted to the newly-created position of General Manager and
Executive Vice President, Business Affairs, for Lionsgate Music, it was
announced today by Lionsgate Music President Jay Faires. Wohl will report to
Mr. Faires and to Lionsgate General Counsel and Executive Vice President
Business & Legal Affairs Wayne Levin. Lionsgate Music is an affiliate of
Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), the leading independent filmed entertainment studio.
Wohl will continue to serve as the head of business affairs for
Lionsgate's music initiatives, heading up negotiations for agreements in all
operations including publishing, film music, licensing and new digital media
agreements. In his expanded role, he will also establish and execute business
and legal affairs strategy for Lionsgate Music.
"Lenny is a key member of our management team and one of the architects
of our business plan for becoming a premier destination for the best creative
songwriting talent today, whether for use in our film and TV slate or in a
publishing relationship," said Faires. "His creative and visionary approach
to the business is the perfect complement to our entrepreneurial culture, and
his extensive experience in business affairs at DreamWorks Music Publishing as
well as on the studio side at DreamWorks Film Music gives him the skill set to
translate our business plan into continued growth, progress and leadership."
"This is a very exciting time for Lionsgate as we begin a major expansion
of our music publishing company," said Wohl. "I'm thrilled to be able to
continue to help Jay design a new model for studio film music."
A 17-year veteran of the entertainment industry with experience in all
facets of the music business, Wohl was recruited to join Lionsgate Music as
its Executive Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, in June 2007.
Prior to joining Lionsgate, he was the executive in charge of music at
DreamWorks, where he ran the film music department for two years after serving
as head of its business and legal affairs activities. He joined DreamWorks in
1996 and was integral to the establishment of all of the Company's music
operations, including its film music division. While there he helped to build
and eventually monetize DreamWorks' music publishing affiliate.
Wohl previously worked in business affairs at Atlantic Records and
PolyGram Records after beginning his career as a litigation associate at Pryor
Cashman Sherman & Flynn in New York.
Lionsgate's music operations have recently generated Marco Beltrami's
Academy Award (R) nominated score for the hit 3:10 TO YUMA, provided songs
from a diverse roster of artists including Bob Dylan, Miles Davis and the
Andrews Sisters for the Golden Globe (R) winning television drama MAD MEN,
innovative main title covers from Linkin Park, Randy Newman and Elvis Costello
for the television comedy hit WEEDS, the Flaming Lips' end title for the hit
comedy GOOD LUCK, CHUCK, and Dr. Dre's end title for the action film WAR.
Since receiving an Academy Award (R) nomination for Bird York's "In The Deep,"
penned for Lionsgate's Best Picture Academy Award (R) winning CRASH, the
company has doubled the asset value of its music publishing operations.
Lionsgate Music is an innovative, entrepreneurial and diversified company,
complementing Lionsgate's filmed entertainment content leadership with a
growing role in all facets of music IP.
Lionsgate is the leading independent filmed entertainment studio and is a
premier producer and distributor of motion pictures, home entertainment,
family entertainment, television programming and video-on-demand content. Its
prestigious and prolific library of nearly 12,000 motion picture titles and
television episodes is a valuable source of recurring revenue and a foundation
for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate brand is
synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the
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