LL Cool J Signs Multi-picture Deal With Lions Gate Films

Lions Gate Films, the motion picture acquisition, production and distribution arm of Lions Gate Entertainment (NYSE: LGF; Toronto), has signed a multi year, multi-picture development and production deal with LL Cool J aka James Todd Smith, it was announced today by Michael Paseornek, President of Production, Lions Gate Films. LL Cool J and his manager Jason Barrett will be producing all pictures through this venture.

“We are thrilled to be working with a talent like LL Cool J,” said Paseornek. “LL and Jason fit perfectly with our mandate to continue to be the leading producer of films for the urban market.”

“It is a wonderful opportunity to be in business with Lions Gate which has demonstrated a knack for success with urban audiences. This is the perfect transition for me as I can now pour all the energy and creative juices I have learned over the years into this fresh and exciting producing venture. As the movie business evolves, I know we can stay ahead of the curve in producing and developing quality material,” said LL Cool J.

Paseornek and John Sacchi, Senior Vice President of Production will oversee production on behalf of Lions Gate Films, with LL Cool J Incorporated and Jason Barrett of Alchemy Entertainment producing. Lions Gate Films will retain all worldwide rights with Nicolas Meyer, President of Lions Gate International, and Stephanie Denton, President of Lions Gate Films International, brokering rights internationally.

Robert Melnik, Executive Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs, negotiated the deal on behalf of Lions Gate Films. The William Morris Agency along with attorney Jason Sloan of Sloan, Webber, Offer and Dern represented LL Cool J aka James Todd Smith and Jason Barrett.

Via PRNewswire

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