The executive arrives from his parallel role at Vendome Pictures and replaces John Lyons, who is returning to work as a producer and devoting more time to philanthropy.
Brody will report to Focus CEO James Schamus and president Andrew Karpen. He will be based in the company’s West Coast offices and oversee the global team in place in New York, London and Los Angeles.
At Vendome, he served as executive producer on Source Code and Larry Crowne. Prior to that he was a co-founder at Big Beach Films where he served as producer or executive producer on such films as Little Miss Sunshine, SherryBaby and Sunshine Cleaning.
“Jeb is an exceptionally talented executive with great taste and instincts, with a genuine track record of making successful, smart movies,” Schamus and Karpen said in a joint statement. “We’re thrilled to have found an ideal successor to John Lyons.”
“I’ve long admired Focus; for close to a decade now, they’ve consistently made remarkable movies from visionary filmmakers,” Brody said. “Under John’s leadership, the production team in place at Focus has already put together a terrific slate for next year, and I can’t wait to work with them to complete those projects and get new ones started.”
Prior to co-founding Big Beach, Brody was an executive at Ed Saxon and Peter Saraf’s Magnet Entertainment and before that he was a curator at the Museum Of The Moving Image and editor and managing director of the film magazine Scenario.