SANTA MONICA, Calif.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia
July 1, 2014
/PRNewswire/ -- In a move underscoring the Company's focus on the global marketplace, industry veteran
has joined Lionsgate's (NYSE: LGF) senior management team as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, it was announced today by Lionsgate Chief Executive Officer
, to whom he will report.
Pollack has been a leading human resources and operations executive in the entertainment industry in the U.S. and internationally for more than 20 years. Between 2009 and 2012, he helped turn around
-based Celestial Pictures Limited as its CEO, restructuring the company's operations, expanding its content distribution networks and achieving profitability. He was instrumental in orchestrating Celestial's channels merger with Lionsgate, Saban Capital and Tigergate that formed the Celestial Tiger Entertainment platform in 2011.
Pollack previously spent 13 years with Sony Pictures Entertainment as a human resources and operations executive, including six years in
as Senior Vice President, Distribution--Asia where he repositioned Sony Pictures Television International as a leading
studio licensing organization, achieving five consecutive years of record licensing revenue and three straight years of record studio market share.
Pollack joined Sony Pictures as Vice President, Total Rewards, in 1996 and was named Vice President of International HR and Operations in 1998.
"Ross is an experienced and well respected strategist who will be a great fit for our innovative and entrepreneurial culture," said Feltheimer. "Our employees are our greatest asset and, as Chief Human Resources Officer, Ross will nurture those aspects of our culture that will continue to drive our creativity and growth. He also has a tremendous track record of achievement at the major studio level in
, and his expertise in the international marketplace will be instrumental in guiding our operations as Lionsgate continues to evolve worldwide."
Prior to joining Lionsgate, Pollack was Managing Director of Insigniam in
. He was responsible for building the Asian practice of a global management consultancy focused on business transformation and catalyzing breakthrough results for an international roster of corporate clients, including 80 of
The Financial Times'
Lionsgate is a leading global entertainment company with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, family entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms and international distribution and sales. Lionsgate currently has more than 30 television shows on over 20 networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses, including such critically-acclaimed hits as the multiple Emmy Award-winning
, the comedy
, the network series
, the syndication success
The Wendy Williams Show
and the critically-acclaimed hit series
Orange is the New Black
Its feature film business has been fueled by such recent successes as the blockbuster first two installments of
The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
, the first installment of the
Now You See Me
Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain
The Expendables 2
, Roadside Attractions'
and Pantelion Films' breakout hit
Instructions Not Included
, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.
Lionsgate's home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rate. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 15,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.