EXCLUSIVE: Weinstein Co. distribution chief Erik Lomis is leaving the company after five years in the post. He’s headed to Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures label for a new executive role, of which distribution will be one of the many areas he will oversee. Lomis has been courted for a few executive positions recently; his name even came up for the Regal head film buyer job which Mike Viane vacated. Lomis recently masterminded the rollout of Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, breathing life into the dormant 70MM projector technology. Insiders confirm that Lomis is not renewing contract at TWC.
During his tenure at TWC, Lomis has amassed more than $1.5 billion at the domestic box office for the label. He catapulted genre and awards-worthy fare to great heights including Tarantino’s Django Unchained ($162.8M), David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook ($132M), Lee Daniels’ The Butler and last year’s Oscar nominee The Imitation Game ($91M). After a stream of executives left TWC, Lomis took over additional duties marketing duties. He has a reputation for being knowledge executive when it comes to dating titles, keeping them on the marquee and analyzing the box office landscape.
Lomis came to TWC from MGM, where he had been President of Worldwide Theatrical Distribution, Home Entertainment & Acquisitions. While at MGM, he oversaw domestic theatrical distribution as well as the marketing and distribution of MGM’s international theatrical, home entertainment and acquisitions titles. He had been a prominent executive and consultant at MGM for over 15 years. As president of domestic distribution from 2000-2005, he was a part of the greenlight committee and oversaw distribution for Legally Blonde, Barbershop and four of the James Bond films including Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day.
Following that period, he advised MGM, Warner Bros and a other distributors on the domestic and foreign marketing and distribution of feature films.
Prior to arriving at MGM, Lomis was head of the national film department at United Artists Theatres, as well as the head film buyer at Sameric Corp. in Philadelphia, where he was also responsible for real estate development.