Lionsgate July 25 named Adam Fogelson vice chair of its motion picture group, beginning Sept. 1. Fogelson, who will report to Joe Drake, chair of the motion picture group, will oversee worldwide marketing and theatrical distribution and will be part of the unit’s leadership team involved in all aspects of planning and executing content strategy.
Fogelson is transitioning from his tenure as chairman of STX Entertainment’s motion picture group, where during the past eight years he oversaw such hits as Hustlers, Greenland, the “Bad Moms” franchise, The Upside, The Gift, Molly’s Game and The Gentlemen, among many others. Prior to joining STX, he was chairman of Universal Pictures.
“As we launch new installments of the ‘Hunger Games,’ ‘Dirty Dancing,’ and ‘John Wick’ franchises, as well as new IP, franchises and properties, we are looking forward to having his skills, experience and respected leadership,” Drake said in a statement. “His longstanding relationships with the industry’s most creative collaborators will prove invaluable as we focus on our upcoming slate.”
Lionsgate’s upcoming slate of films includes Prey for the Devil, in theaters Oct. 28; Jesus Revolution, in theaters Feb. 24, 2023; John Wick: Chapter 4, in theaters March 24, 2023; Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, in theaters April 28, 2023; and The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, in theaters Nov. 17, 2023.
Prior to his STX tenure, Fogelson served as chairman of Universal Pictures from 2009 through October 2013. While at the company, he oversaw worldwide operations for the motion picture group, including its global theatrical, home entertainment, partnerships & licensing, finance, human resources and communications divisions.
In 2012 and again in 2013, under Fogelson’s leadership, Universal celebrated its highest-grossing years at the worldwide box office in the company’s 100+ year history at that time. During his tenure as chairman, Universal released numerous hit films including Ted, Bridesmaids, Contraband, Safe House, The Lorax, Snow White and the Huntsman, Identity Thief, Pitch Perfect, Mama, The Purge, Les Misérables. Despicable Me 1 and 2, and Fast and Furious 5 and 6. Other greenlit films while Fogelson was Chairman include Jurassic World, Lone Survivor, Ride Along, Non-Stop, Neighbors, The Purge 2, Fifty Shades of Grey and Lucy.
Fogelson joined Universal in 1998, beginning as VP of creative advertising and rising to president of marketing and distribution in 2007. During his time in Universal’s marketing operations, Fogelson worked on all the films in the “Meet the Parents,” “Bourne,” “American Pie” and “The Fast and the Furious” franchises, along with other box office successes including Mamma Mia!, American Gangster, Knocked Up, Bruce Almighty, Seabiscuit, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, 8 Mile, The Break-Up, Erin Brockovich, Notting Hill, Bring It On and Ray.