At CineEurope, the European movie-theater operators’ conference that runs June 11-14 in Barcelona, three executives will be honored, including Patrick Wachsberger
, outgoing co-chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group.
Wachsberger has been named as the recipient of the International Distributor of the Year award.
Before joining Lionsgate
, Wachsberger served as the co-chairman and president of Summit Entertainment
, the company he helped launch in 1993. He helped transform Summit into one of the world’s leading independent movie studios, launching the blockbuster “Twilight
” franchise, and “The Hurt Locker
,” Oscar-winner for best picture and director in 2010.
He joined Lionsgate Motion Picture Group in 2012, when the company acquired Summit. As co-chairs, he and Joe Drake oversaw all aspects of Lionsgate’s movie acquisition, production and distribution, and he led its movie business overseas. The company’s movie slate has generated nearly $10 billion at the global box office over the past five years; its films have included “La La Land