Jason Constantine has been promoted to president of acquisitions and co-productions at Lionsgate, filling the void left by former incumbent Peter Block.

Constantin is an eight-year veteran of the company and will report to Lionsgate co-COO and motion picture group president Joe Drake.

He will continue to oversee the tracking and acquisition of all theatrical films, play an instrumental role in the creative oversight of pre-buy projects in development, production and post-production, and manage the day-to-day operations of the acquisition team.

Constantine has played a key role in the acquisition of the Saw franchise, Crash, Away From Her and The Descent, among others.

Recent acquisitions include Conan The Barbarian, a potential action franchise that is earmarked for release in 2009, as well as the action thriller Bangkok Dangerous starring Nicolas Cage, Transporter 3 with Jason Statham and the romantic comedy Chilled In Miami starring Renee Zellweger and Harry Connick Jr.

Drake praised Constantine’s ‘superb creative instincts and an affinity for unique material which generate uncommonly good movies.’

Constantine worked in physical film production before he moved into the acquisitions department. Prior to Lionsgate he was director of acquisitions at Trimark Pictures.