LOS ANGELES, March 9th, 2012 – Josh McLaughlin is joining Focus Features as senior vice president, production at the worldwide film company. Focus president of production Jeb Brody made the announcement today. Mr. McLaughlin begins work this month. Reporting to Mr. Brody, he will be based in Focus’ West Coast offices and will work with the global Focus production team in New York, London, and Los Angeles.

The executive is joining Focus directly from his position as executive vice president at Chernin Entertainment, the new media company where he worked for nearly two years with founder and chairman Peter Chernin and president Dylan Clark, growing the film production arm.

Previously, Mr. McLaughlin was executive vice president, and co-head of the motion picture division, of The Mark Gordon Company. Among the movies that he produced there was Kasi Lemmons’ award-winning Talk to Me, starring Don Cheadle and Chiwetel Ejiofor, which was made with Focus Features. He worked with Mr. Gordon for two years at Mutual Film Company and then for eight years at The Mark Gordon Company, after beginning his industry career at The Gersh Agency.

Mr. Brody said, “Josh is a gifted executive who not only has extensive relationships within the creative community – particularly with directors and writers – but who also has a knack for finding and developing smart material. He will be a great addition to the Focus team.”

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