Burbank, CA, September 20, 2011 - Legendary Entertainment has appointed Jon Jashni to the newly created role of President of Legendary Entertainment. In addition to his new role, Jashni will continue to serve as Legendary's Chief Creative Officer and, as prior to the promotion, report directly to Legendary's Chairman and CEO, Thomas Tull.
"As a trusted and exemplary member of Legendary's executive team for almost six years, we have every confidence that Jon will excel in this new leadership role," said Tull.
In addition to continuing to manage Legendary Pictures' film-related creative development and production activities, Jashni will augment his involvement with additional development, business affairs and physical production activities for Legendary Pictures, Legendary Television and, in some capacity, Legendary Comics. He will also work more closely, under Tull, with the company's strategic planning and brand marketing teams on the company's integrated growth strategy. Separately, Jashni will join the Board of Legendary East, a standalone entertainment company formed by Tull in June of this year. That company is based in Beijing and Hong Kong and is charged with creating content for a global marketplace.
"I am grateful to Thomas and the Board for the opportunity to contribute on a broader scale through this newly-expanded role, particularly at this time in the company's growth trajectory," said Jashni.
Jashni holds a twenty-five year proven track record delivering high-quality, commercial entertainment to global audiences. Prior to Legendary, Jashni was President of Hyde Park Entertainment, a production and financing company, and served as a senior production executive at 20th Century Fox. Earlier in his career, Jashni headed Giant Pictures and worked at Columbia Pictures. He holds an undergraduate degree from USC and a MBA from UCLA.
For Legendary, Jashni has executive-produced such successful films as THE HANGOVER, CLASH OF THE TITANS and THE TOWN. He is currently a producer on the company's productions of PACIFIC RIM, PARADISE LOST and SEVENTH SON, each of which will be distributed by Warner Bros.
About Legendary Entertainment
Legendary Entertainment is a leading media company with film (Legendary Pictures), television (Legendary Television) and comics (Legendary Comics) divisions dedicated to owning, producing and delivering content to mainstream audiences with a targeted focus on the powerful fandom demographic. Through complete or joint ownership, Legendary is building a library of marquee media properties and has established itself as a trusted brand which consistently delivers high-quality, commercial entertainment. Among the wholly-owned projects that Legendary Pictures is currently developing in-house are an adaptation of the phenomenally successful interactive game universe Warcraft; Godzilla, based on Toho Company's famed character; Pacific Rim directed by Guillermo del Toro; Paradise Lost directed by Alex Proyas; Seventh Son directed by Sergei Bodrov; Warren Ellis' Gravel; and Mass Effect, based on Electronic Arts' and BioWare's hit videogame franchise. With partner Warner Bros., Legendary's productions include the critically acclaimed Inception, which has been a box office smash grossing more than $823 million worldwide, as well as the global blockbusters Clash of the Titans ($493 million worldwide), The Dark Knight ($1 billion worldwide), 300 ($456 million worldwide), The Hangover ($467 million worldwide), and the recent smash hit, The Hangover Part II ($575 million worldwide), which holds the distinction of posting the highest opening weekend gross ever for a comedy film. This Fall, Legendary Comics will issue its inaugural release, Frank Miller's Holy Terror, with a slate of other books in its publishing line-up to follow.