Joseph Drake, Co-Chair
Joe Drake is a leading entrepreneur and one of Hollywood’s most respected studio executives. As Chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, Mr. Drake is responsible for overseeing the Company’s feature film business, including acquisitions, production, marketing and distribution. He leads a team responsible for a portfolio of films that has generated over $10 billion at the worldwide box office over the past six years.
Lionsgate’s upcoming film slate includes Roland Emmerich’s epic action film Midway, the whodunit murder-mystery Knives Out directed by Rian Johnson, Jay Roach’s timely drama starring Margot Robbie, Charlize Theron, and Nicole Kidman, I Still Believe, the follow-up to the Erwin Brothers’ faith-based hit I Can Only Imagine, a re-imagining of Saw starring Chris Rock, Hitman’s Bodyguard 2 and John Wick 4.
Mr. Drake returned to Lionsgate in October 2017 when the Company acquired Good Universe, the production and distribution company that he cofounded and ran with partner Nathan Kahane, who is now President of Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group. During his previous tenure as head of Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group from 2007-2012, Mr. Drake and his team launched the studio’s global blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, which grossed nearly $3 billion worldwide, the box office smash Expendables films, multiple Oscar® winner Precious, and Tyler Perry films.
One of the industry’s foremost innovators, Mr. Drake has launched two companies of his own, Good Universe and Mandate Pictures. At Good Universe, he shepherded the company’s overall business and was responsible for building key financial, creative and strategic partnerships.
While there he partnered with Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver’s Point Grey Pictures on a series of critically acclaimed comedy hits including Neighbors and The Night Before, that partnership has now carried on to Lionsgate. As head of Mandate Pictures from 2004-2007, Mr. Drake produced the Academy Award®-winning blockbuster Juno, the Golden Globe®-nominated Hope Springs and 50/50, and the breakout Seth Rogen comedy This Is The End.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Drake held executive positions at Rysher Entertainment and Moviestore Entertainment.