Veteran Michael Nathanson is a former president and COO of MGM Pictures and onetime worldwide production boss at Columbia Pictures, and he had been consulting for OddLot Entertainment in mapping out its business plan. Now he will join longtime OddLot exec Bill Lischak as co-presidents of the production company behind pics like Drive, Rabbit Hole and the upcoming Ender’s Game. The two will work in tandem under the direction of OddLot founder and CEO Gigi Pritzker to oversee the company’s day-to-day operations and push forward its strategy. “Bill and Michael both bring incredible strengths and complementary skill sets to the table and I am privileged to be able to work with both to implement the robust business plan we have developed over the last six months”, Pritzker said in a release announcing the news.
OddLot EVP Production and Development Linda McDonough, EVP Business and Legal Affirs Aaron Michiel and SVP Finance Natalya Petrosova will report to Nathanson and Lischak.
Lischak joined OddLot as COO in January 2007 from First Look Studios, and since has established distribution arrangements with Lionsgate, Summit and FilmDistrict among others, and created joint ventures including with Robert Rodriguez forming Quickdraw Productions and Nick Meyer forming sales outfit Sierra/Affinity. He served as executive producer on OddLot productions Drive, Rabbit Hole and The Spirit as well as Ender’s Game.