Zygi Kamasa

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Zygi Kamasa
Born(1969-11-12)November 12, 1969
OccupationCEO of Lionsgate UK & Europe
Notable work

Zygi Kamasa (born 12 November 1969) is a Swedish-British entertainment studio executive and film executive producer. He currently serves as CEO of Lionsgate UK & Europe and was the Executive Producer for Brooklyn, Eddie the Eagle, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, The Railway Man and London Has Fallen.[1]

Career[edit]

Zygi Kamasa started his film career in 1993 as Founder and Managing Director of TV production company Scorpio Productions, based at Pinewood Studios. In 1998, he co-founded the independent film distribution company Redbus Film, producing and distributing films in the UK including Bend It Like Beckham.

In October 2005, Redbus Film was sold to Lionsgate Entertainment for $35 million[2] and became Lionsgate UK in February 2006.[3]

As CEO of Lionsgate UK & Europe, Kamasa has overseen the investment, production and distribution of UK Top Ten Box office films including three installments of The Hunger Games franchise, The Expendables and its sequels The Expendables 2 and 3, Kathryn Bigelow’s Oscar-winning Hurt Locker and action film Olympus Has Fallen and its sequel London has Fallen.[4] He also led UK distribution for Deepwater Horizon and La La Land.

Kamasa’s credits as Executive Producer of UK films include Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, starring Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt, The Railway Man, starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman, A Little Chaos, starring Kate Winslet and Alan Rickman, Eddie the Eagle, starring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman and Brooklyn, starring Saoirese Ronan.[5]

In May 2015, Zygi Kamasa announced that Lionsgate intended to finance and co-invest in up to 25 British independent films between 2015 and 2019.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Barraclough, Leo. "Zygi Kamasa Signs Deal to Continue as CEO of Lionsgate UK, Expands European Responsibilities". Variety. Variety Media, LLC. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Redbus - Sale of Redbus Film Distribution to Lionsgate Entertainment". Slaughter & May. Slaughter & May May 2015. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  3. ^ Mitchell, Wendy. "Redbus rebranded as Lionsgate UK". Screendaily.com. Media Business Insight. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  4. ^ Mitchell, Wendy. "Hitting close to home". Screendaily.com. Media Business Insights. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  5. ^ Mitchell, Robert. "Lionsgate U.K. Backs Rickman's 'Chaos'". Variety. Penske Business Media, LLC. Variety Media, LLC. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  6. ^ Rosser, Michael. "Lionsgate to invest in 25+ British films". Screendaily.com. Media Business Insights. Retrieved 20 May 2015.