Open Road Films CEO Tom Ortenberg has hired Lejo Pet as SVP Acquisitions. He comes from Paramount, where he was VP Acquisitions and handled territory deals for pics including Open Road’s Best Picture Oscar winner Spotlight. At Open Road, Pet will oversee all aspects of the division including its theatrical slate. He will report directly to CEO Tom Ortenberg.
“Lejo is a smart, seasoned executive with unique expertise in the independent acquisitions arena,” Ortenberg said in making the announcement. “He will be a key leader at Open Road and we are delighted that he is joining our team.”
Before Paramount, Pet was VP Acquisitions at Exclusive Media and prior to that was part of Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions for six years.
“In just a few years Open Road has established a fantastic track record as a supporter of films that achieve critical acclaim and find enthusiastic audiences,” Pet said. “I am proud to be joining this passionate, accomplished team.”