October 2, 2018
Lionsgate has signed Ron Schwartz to a new long-term agreement as president of Lionsgate Worldwide Home Entertainment.
Schwartz will oversee the company’s nearly $1 billion-a-year worldwide home entertainment operations, including the domestic and international home entertainment sales of Lionsgate’s feature film slate, its television businesses, a nearly 17,000-title film and television library, and the slate of Starz programming.
Additionally, he assumes the expanded responsibility for the company’s home entertainment digital transactional business.
“Reflecting the studio’s ‘Lionsgate 360’ approach, he will work closely with Lionsgate president of Worldwide Television & Digital Distribution Jim Packer on all home entertainment initiatives,” according to a Lionsgate press release.
Schwartz will continue to shepherd Lionsgate’s $400 million-a-year multiplatform releasing and specialty acquisitions business, including titles for the company’s Grindstone Entertainment and Premiere labels, sister company Roadside Attractions and third-party partners.
“In today’s fast-changing environment, we’re always looking for ways to connect our artists and content with consumers across an ever-expanding array of platforms,” said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group chairman Joe Drake. “Ron’s great talent relationships, business acumen and strategic vision have helped position Lionsgate as a global home entertainment powerhouse and an innovator in the media space.”
Schwartz served as president and GM of Lionsgate Home Entertainment Sales & Distribution before being promoted to head the company’s worldwide home entertainment group in 2014. Prior to that, he served as EVP and GM of Lionsgate’s home entertainment operations, playing an instrumental role in the company’s adoption of ground-breaking entertainment technologies and formats, according to the release.
Schwartz joined Lionsgate through the company’s merger with Trimark in 2000 and was inducted into the Variety Home Entertainment & Digital Hall of Fame in 2015.