Lionsgate Inks Industry Vet Helen Lee-Kim to New Long-Term Agreement as President, International, Motion Picture Group

Lionsgate Nov. 2 announced that longtime executive Helen Lee-Kim has signed a new long-term deal as president, international, Motion Picture Group. The company also signed new long-term agreements for two senior members of Lee-Kim’s team: International Motion Picture Group COO Michael Meyer and longtime MPG EVP of International Marketing Brent Jack.

Since rejoining Lionsgate in 2017, Lee-Kim has overseen nearly $1 billion revenue from the international licensing of studio movies across multiple platforms, including direct-to-consumer streaming business.

Helen Lee-Kim

Most recently, Lee-Kim and her team shepherded key studio franchises, including: John Wick: Chapter Four’s franchise-best $440 million at the global box office, including nearly $253 million at the international box office, 62% higher than John Wick Chapter 3; and Saw X, which is currently approaching $100 million at the global box office.

She recently closed deals on key Lionsgate properties, including: The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes, the pending prequel to the successful Hunger Games franchise, starring Tom Blyth and Rachel Zegler, and directed by Francis Lawrence; and the John Wick action spinoff Ballerina, starring Ana de Armas (Blonde) and directed by Len Wiseman.

Lee-Kim and her team are also creating alternative distribution strategies, including recent titles Shotgun Wedding to Amazon, Love at First Sight to Netflix from the ACE Entertainment partnership, and Puppy Love to Amazon/Freeve from the Buzzfeed collaboration.

“Helen is a superstar whose success…is just the latest example of her ability to grow the studio’s stature as a top supplier of premium first-run films,” Joe Drake, chair of the Motion Picture Group, said in a statement. “She is a trusted partner, a great leader and an extraordinary sales executive who will continue to play a key role in moving the company forward.”

Lee-Kim previously served as president of International at Lionsgate from 2007-2012. She also worked with Drake and Motion Picture Group president Nathan Kahane at Good Universe (2012-2017), and Mandate Pictures (2003-2007). She is an Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (MPAS) member, and serves on the board of directors for Korean-American Leaders in Hollywood (KALH), dedicated to creating a network of industry leaders and empowering Korean-Americans to advance Asian-American interests in film, television and streaming media.

Lionsgate Ups Jen Hollingsworth to COO of Motion Picture Group

Lionsgate March 20 announced the promotion of Jens Hollingsworth to chief operating officer of the motion picture group.

Hollingsworth, who has been with Lionsgate since 2007 when it acquired Mandate Pictures, previously was EVP of strategic planning and operations.

She will spearhead strategic planning, analysis and control daily operations. She will also engage in cross-company initiatives designed to ensure that each movie maximizes its ancillary potential throughout the company’s multiple entertainment platforms, including home entertainment, digital distribution and over-the-top video.

“Jen is one of the most exceptional and talented motion picture business strategists working in our industry today,” Jeff Drake, chairman of the motion picture group, said in a statement. “She knows this company inside and out, is skilled, experienced and is the ideal COO.”

Hollingsworth’s promotion comes as Lionsgate struggles at the domestic box office with just 5.5% market share. Through March 17, the studio has generated less than $110 million in domestic ticket sales of six theatrical releases.

Indeed, Lionsgate’s Robin Hood reportedly was the biggest fiscal theatrical bomb in 2018, generating just $14 million in its first week of release on a budget of $100 million. The title, which eventually generated $30.8 million domestically ($84.7 million globally), was released into retail channels in February.

Robin Hood

Regardless, Drake says Hollingsworth is “the best” at understanding the marriage of business opportunities and the creative aspirations of filmmakers.

“Our company just got stronger with Jen in this role,” he said.