Steve Beeks Leaving Lionsgate11 Dec, 2017 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Steve Beeks, Lionsgate’s long-time head of home entertainment, is departing the studio/distributor at the end of the month after nearly 20 years. Beeks' three-year contract extension expires April 1, 2018.
Beeks, whose official title is co-COO and motion picture group co-president, formally joined Lionsgate in 2003 with the acquisition of Artisan Entertainment, where he had been a senior executive since 1998.
He was one of the architects of Lionsgate’s $1 billion annual home entertainment operation, an industry leader in market share, and he helped grow the company’s 16,000-title film and television library.
Most recently, Beeks spearheaded business and strategic initiatives for the motion picture group, including oversight of Lionsgate’s film production and acquisition strategic plan.
During the past five years, Lionsgate’s film slate has grossed nearly $10 billion at the global box office, led by La La Land, winner of six Oscars, the "Hunger Games" and "John Wick" franchises, and recent box office successes Wonder, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween and Lionsgate/Amazon Studios’ The Big Sick.
“We deeply appreciate Steve’s many contributions to our growth into a major global content platform,” CEO Jon Feltheimer said in a statement. “He has been a key member of the leadership team guiding our company, and we look forward to his continued expert guidance in the future.”
Beeks also helped orchestrate the recent renewals of theatrical distribution agreements with longtime content partners StudioCanal and CBS Films, and he has overseen the continued growth of Lionsgate’s Pantelion Films (How to be a Latin Lover, Instructions Not Included) and Codeblack Films (All Eyez On Me, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain), labels for underserved Hispanic and African-American audiences.
He also managed Lionsgate’s acquisition and distribution relationship with sister company Roadside Attractions (Manchester by the Sea).
“During my years at Lionsgate, I have been fortunate to have a visionary and supportive senior management team, incredibly talented colleagues, and a staff second to none,” said Beeks. “I’m proud of everything we’ve accomplished together. Having worked for so long in such a dynamic environment has inspired me to move forward with entrepreneurial opportunities of my own.”