She will continue to report to president and CEO Nick Meyer as well as Jonathan Kier, the company’s President of International Sales and Distribution. In the new role, Gorton will continue shaping and representing Sierra/Affinity’s slate.
“Jen has a rare eye for good material, impeccable taste and great instinct that is both commercial and high quality,” said Meyer. “And as importantly, she knows how to not only identify projects but also how to position them to the international marketplace. We are so proud of her growth at our company and privileged that she will continue with us on our team in a new leadership role.”
Gorton most recently served as Sierra/Affinity’s VP International Sales, negotiating output deals on behalf of the company’s partners including Bold Films’ recent multiyear output deal in Canada with Elevation Pictures. Gorton started at Sierra/Affinity as the sixth employee and assistant to Meyer and had a hand in shaping the company as she rapidly rose through the ranks to creative executive and director of sales and acquisitions, where she jointly brought in material anywhere from a pitch to a completed film and helped package and develop projects.
At the same time, she handled international sales for several territories and has worked on nearly 100 films of myriad genres and ranging in budget size from $1M to more than $100M including Spotlight, Whiplash, Nightcrawler and Hell or High Water. She also worked on 2016 Sundance hit Manchester by the Sea, starring Casey Affleck.
Sierra/Affinity will be shopping a hot list of titles at AFM this year including the Affleck starrer Villain, produced by Teddy Schwarzman and Ben Stillman through Schwarzman’s Black Bear Pictures banner, as well as I, Tonya and American Animals.