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Erin Westerman has been promoted to president of production at Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group. She joined Lionsgate back in October 2017 as EVP of production and during her tenure has helped develop and execute the company’s refocused film production strategy, targeting titles and filmmakers in the horror, action, faith, family and comedy sectors such as Rian Johnson’s genre redefining Knives Out, starring Daniel Craig, Chris Evans and Jamie Lee Curtis, to be released this Thanksgiving, and the Untitled Charles Randolph/Jay Roach Project from Bron Studios starring Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie.
Westerman was also instrumental in bringing the Point Grey partnership (Seth Rogen/Evan Goldberg/James Weaver) and Megamix (Jonathan Levine) producing deals to the studio.
“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,” said MPG president Nathan Kahane. “I could not ask for a more trusted creative partner to lead our film group as president of production.”
MPG chairman Joe Drake said Westerman has “a relentless commitment to creative excellence ensuring that, for artists with a deep love of the theatrical experience, our studio is the home where they can truly thrive. Now she has the mandate and authority to deliver on that promise.”
Prior to joining Lionsgate, Westerman was head of creative development at Good Universe, where she worked on such films as The Disaster Artist, Neighbors 2, Always Be My Maybe, and Don’t Breathe. She also spent five years as a production executive at Walt Disney Studios where she oversaw production on such films as Cinderella, directed by Kenneth Branagh, and Into The Woods, directed by Rob Marshall.
Westerman said she’s “honored to play a role in the film group’s next chapter.”