Zygi Kamasa, longtime CEO of Lionsgate UK and Europe, is leaving. the company to set up a new, as-yet-unnamed film and TV outfit.
Nicola Pearcey, Lionsgate’s UK and Europe president, is to take over Kamasa’s leadership responsibilities over the next few weeks, while retaining her president role.
Kamasa joined Lionsgate UK as CEO in 2005 when it acquired his own company Redbus Film Distributors. In that time, he has overseen the investment, production, and distribution of more than 350 feature films.
Among Lionsgate’s successes in that period are the Expendables franchise, six-time Oscar winner La La Land, and independent UK films such as Brooklyn, Filth, and Military Wives.
“I’ve had an amazing tenure growing the UK business from the foundations of my own indie film distributor, Redbus, into a world-class platform overseeing franchises such as The Hunger Games, executive producing over 30 local British films and expanding into UK TV production with shows like BBC’s Motherland and The Goes Wrong Show,” said Kamasa.
“Now I’m moving on to my next exciting entrepreneurial opportunity that I plan to announce in the coming months. I leave our UK business in great shape and in very capable hands with Nicola Pearcey taking over my day to day role.”
“Zygi is a great entrepreneur with savvy business instincts, strong talent relationships and a sharp eye for exciting content,” said Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer. “He has played an important role in moving our global content platform forward over the past 15 years in the UK & Europe, and we wish him the very best in his future endeavors.”