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Michael Paseornek
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Michael Paseornek

Michael Paseornek, President of Lions Gate Films Productions, started the U.S. operation of predecessor Cinepix Film Properties (CFP) in New York. When the indie producer/distributor was purchased by Lions Gate Entertainment in 1998, he was named President of Lions Gate Films Productions. In that role, he has overseen all of the company's motion picture development and production initiatives for the past six years.

Paseornek has been instrumental recently in ramping up Lions Gate's feature film slate to 15 to 18 releases a year, including at least one major tentpole release each quarter. He served as executive producer of many of these films, including: the critically-acclaimed Oscar contender MONSTER'S BALL, directed by Marc Forster and starring Halle Berry, Billy Bob Thornton, Heath Ledger, Sean Combs and Peter Boyle; the urban comedy THE WASH, directed by DJ Pooh and starring Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Eminem; the thriller FRAILTY, starring Matthew McConaughey and Bill Paxton; THE CAT'S MEOW, directed by Peter Bogdanovich and starring Kirsten Dunst; THE RULES OF ATTRACTION, directed by Roger Avary and starring James Van Der Beek, Shannyn Sossamon, Jessica Biel and Kip Pardue in the adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' best-selling book; and HYPERCUBE, directed by Andrej Sekula. Other recent films include CONFIDENCE, starring Edward Burns, Rachel Weisz and Dustin Hoffman, directed by James Foley; SHATTERED GLASS, starring Hayden Christiansen, directed by Billy Ray, and WONDERLAND, starring Val Kilmer, Kate Bosworth and Lisa Kudrow, directed by James Cox.

Under Paseornek's production leadership, several Lions Gate films have received commercial success, critical recognition and festival acclaim since 1998, including: AMERICAN PSYCHO, executive produced by Paseornek, directed by Mary Harron, and starring Christian Bale, Reese Witherspoon, and Willem Dafoe; SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE, starring Academy Award nominee Willem Dafoe and John Malkovich; and I'M LOSING YOU, executive produced by Paseornek and starring Rosanna Arquette, Andrew McCarthy and Frank Langella, which were all invited to the Toronto and Telluride Film Festivals.

Paseornek began his career after graduating from New York University in 1974 when he became the writing partner of former National Lampoon editor Michel Choquette. He then became a humorist-speechwriter for some of the nation's leading business executives. He also co-wrote the film STITCHES, was a writer on the ABC series OMNI, served as script-doctor for a number of film projects and landed development deals with Warner Bros. and Paramount.

In the late 70s, Paseornek met CFP's Canadian co-founders John Dunning and Andre Link and developed the sequel to their comedy hit MEATBALLS. He went on to rewrite their Twentieth Century Fox production of THE VINDICATOR and adapted several novels they had optioned into screenplays. Dunning and Link financed Paseornek's award-winning AIDS documentary SAFE in 1987 and his directorial debut, VIBRATIONS, acquired by Miramax for their Dimension label.

Among Paseornek's upcoming projects are DIARY OF A MAD BLACK WOMAN, based upon a play by Tyler Perry and starring Perry, Kimberly Elise, Steve Harris, Shemar Moore, and Cicely Tyson, directed by Darren Grant; FIERCE PEOPLE, from director Griffin Dunne and starring Anton Yelchin, Donald Sutherland and Diane Lane; and DEVIL'S REJECTS, from director Rob Zombie.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.

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