Lionsgate has bolstered the film group’s development and production teams with several new hires and promotions.
“We have an exceptionally talented and versatile development and production team. They have edited 16 films since the start of the pandemic. As we grow our department, we promote from within, while hiring familiar faces and recognizing the outstanding contributions and dedication of our incredible team,” said Erin Westerman, President of Production at Lionsgate. in a press release.
See the new hires and promotions below:
James Myers has renewed his contract with the studio as executive vice president and will expand his strategic management role within the department. His most recent projects include “Borderlands, a video game adaptation starring Cate Blanchett, Kevin Hart, Jamie Lee Curtis and Jack Black; “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent” starring Nicolas Cage as Nicolas Cage; and ” Shotgun Wedding” with Jennifer Lopez.
Brady Fujikawa returns to Lionsgate as executive vice president of production. Prior to his last position as head of development at Bron Studios, Fujikawa worked on several feature films, including director Ben Stiller’s “London,” which stars Oscar Isaac.
Meredith Wieck has become senior vice president and will oversee the studio’s highest priority projects. Those responsibilities currently include directing “The Hunger Games” prequel “The Ballad of Songbirds and Serpents,” a third sequel to “Now You See Me,” and another “Dirty Dancing” feature. His most recent projects were overseeing the development and production of “Are You There God?” It’s me, Margaret”, the adaptation of the classic novel by Judy Blume; and “The Unbreakable Boy”.
Aaron Edmonds has been promoted to Vice President. Edmonds was a key executive championing “The 1619 Project,” a portfolio of film, television and multimedia programs to be produced by Lionsgate, The New York Times and Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films. He oversaw “Antebellum” with Janelle Monáe, as well as directed production of Hulu’s Eugenio Derbez-directed comedy “The Valet.” Other titles on his list include “48 Hours in Las Vegas,” Dennis Rodman’s next project; “Border countries” ; and “White Bird: A Wonderful Story.”
Chelsea Kujawa has been promoted to vice president. During her tenure at Lionsgate, she worked on “American Underdog,” a sports biopic about NFL legend Kurt Warner’s rise from supermarket storekeeper to Super Bowl MVP; the next chapter in the Keanu Reeves action franchise, “John Wick 4”; and “Are you there God?” It’s me, Margaret. She was previously an executive at Paramount.
Jorge Alfaro joins the studio as director of development. Alfaro has a background in banking and finance and comes to Lionsgate from production company El Estudio, where he was director of creative affairs and ran its feature film department. He was previously head of development and production at Eugenio Derbez’s 3Pas studios. His current projects include “48 Hours in Vegas”; “West Pointer” from writer-director Rod Lurie and star KJ Apa; and “Shadow Force” with Kerry Washington.
“It’s always a special pleasure to recognize the hard work of those who have earned their promotion,” Westerman said. “James, Meredith Aaron and Chelsea have been superstars throughout their careers and it’s exciting to reunite with Brady and welcome Jorge to our team.”