Zygi Kamasa has signed a new long-term agreement to continue as chief exec of Lionsgate UK, with expanded responsibilities as chief exec of Lionsgate’s European office. Kamasa will continue to grow Lionsgate UK’s film, television, home entertainment and digital businesses, including distribution of Lionsgate and Summit films, production and release of its own Lionsgate UK titles and third-party acquisitions. In his expanded role he will also spearhead Lionsgate’s strategic growth initiatives and new business development across Europe, including potential copros, acquisitions and new areas of business.
Lionsgate UK is coming off two straight years of record revenue and profits, with growth set to continue once the company incorporates all Summit titles produced after July 2015. Kamasa has been at Lionsgate UK ever since it was created in 2005 following the acquisition of UK distributor Redbus, which Kamasa co-founded in 1998 with Simon Franks, a former JP Morgan and Banque Paribas investment banker.
“Zygi is one of the entrepreneurial executives playing a leadership role in moving Lionsgate forward around the world,” said Lionsgate Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer. “He and his team have grown Lionsgate UK into a vibrant and diversified company, and his expanded mandate for Europe underscores our commitment to continue building Lionsgate into a next generation global content leader.”
Kamasa has a strong track record supporting British film, including Gurinder Chadha’s Bend It Like Beckham; Lasse Hallstrom’s Salmon Fishing In The Yemen, starring Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt; the adaptation of Eric Lomax’s autobiography The Railway Man, starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman; and the upcoming A Little Chaos, directed by Alan Rickman and starring Kate Winslet, Stanley Tucci and Matthias Schoenaerts.
Other Lionsgate titles include the hit Hunger Games franchise.