Legendary Digital Media Names Thomas Lesinski President, Digital Content & Distribution
Burbank, CA – September 16, 2013 – Legendary Digital Media has appointed digital and home entertainment veteran Thomas Lesinski as President, Digital Content and Distribution, Legendary Digital Media. Lesinski, who reports to Bruce Rosenblum, President of Legendary Television and Digital Media, will oversee digital content development, production and distribution, and contribute to designing, evaluating and implementing Legendary’s digital strategy.
“Tom has a strong track-record of building innovative and entrepreneurial digital business models and brings significant experience in both traditional and new media. I look forward to his contributions as we build out Legendary’s digital strategy and platform,” Rosenblum said.
“This is a great opportunity to join Legendary’s team and help build a significant digital content business,” said Lesinski. “Legendary has proven time and time again that it understands its audience and knows how to deliver the type of authentic quality content that it wants.”
Lesinski’s appointment marks the further expansion of the Legendary Television and Digital Media division. He most recently served as President of Paramount Pictures Digital Entertainment, where he founded the studio’s Digital Entertainment division in 2006, building it into an early leader and innovator in the digital media business.
While at Paramount, Lesinski had worldwide responsibility for the management, development and distribution of all Paramount filmed entertainment content across digital distribution platforms, including online, mobile, portable devices, video games and emerging technologies. Under his stewardship, his division excelled at creating original online video content, developing over a dozen original series including: Jackass 2.5/3.5, The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers (LXD), an animated Zoolander series and Burning Love, which has become a hit series on Yahoo and E!.
Prior to founding Paramount Digital Entertainment, Lesinski served as President of Worldwide Home Entertainment for Paramount Pictures. Before Paramount, he was Executive Vice President/GM of Warner Home Entertainment, where he worked for 10 years.
About Legendary Entertainment
Legendary Entertainment is a leading media company with film, television and comics divisions dedicated to owning, producing and delivering content to mainstream audiences with a targeted focus on the powerful fandom demographic. Last year Legendary completed an acquisition of Nerdist Industries, the leading pop culture multimedia company. Through complete or joint ownership, Legendary has built a library of marquee media properties and has established itself as a trusted brand which consistently delivers high-quality, commercial entertainment including some of the world’s most popular intellectual property. In aggregate, Legendary Pictures-associated productions have realized grosses of more than $7.2 billion worldwide at the box office. Upcoming highlights from Legendary’s slate include SEVENTH SON, directed by Sergei Bodrov; WARCRAFT; Legendary’s upcoming GODZILLA project, based on Toho Company’s famed character; and HOT WHEELS. Legendary recently announced it will produce Guillermo del Toro’s next feature film, CRIMSON PEAK. Most recently Legendary released PACIFIC RIM directed by Guillermo del Toro, MAN OF STEEL with partner Warner Bros. and will next release 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE. Previous successful Legendary and Warner Bros. releases include the critically acclaimed INCEPTION ($823 million worldwide), as well as the global blockbusters THE DARK KNIGHT RISES ($1.1 billion worldwide) and THE DARK KNIGHT ($1 billion worldwide), THE HANGOVER PARTS Iand II (over $1 billion worldwide total), CLASH OF THE TITANS ($493 million worldwide), and 300 ($456 million worldwide).