David Spitz has signed a long-term agreement to remain president of Domestic Theatrical Distribution at Lionsgate. Spitz has worked on world famous films including “The Hunger Games” franchise and “La La Land.” In addition to these successes, he helped establish new brands for the company, including Pantelion and Lionsgate Codeblack Films.
Spitz began his career as a film buyer for Mann Theaters, then as a regional branch manager for MGM Distribution. In 1996, he joined LIVE Entertainment as the Western Division Manager. When LIVE Entertainment became Artisan, Spitz remained on staff and held several executive positions. When Lionsgate acquired Artisan in 2003, Spitz came along and continued moving up the ranks until attaining his current position in 2009.
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Lionsgate has praised Spitz for his many talents, such as seeing opportunities that other studios overlook, like holes to fill in the release calendar. He also works in a variety of genres, as seen in his credits, where he has done everything from action-adventure films to musicals.
He’s also proven instrumental in expanding the company by helping build the Pantelion Hispanic film brand and Codeblack Films. Pantelion, the first Latino Hollywood studio, produced Instructions Not Included, which is now the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the United States. Codeblack Films is an urban film label focusing on serving the world’s black community with a diverse portfolio of feature films.
“David’s distribution leadership is a key element in guiding our business forward,” said Joe Drake, Chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group. “He has great relationships with exhibitors, talent and our studio partners and a deep understanding of the right release dates and best distribution strategies for our movies. He will continue to be an integral part of our motion picture leadership team in the years ahead.”
Spitz is thrilled with the deal and said he is glad “to be part of the most innovative and visionary studio in the business and to be surrounded by an incredibly talented group of distribution executives.”