Lionsgate to open Toronto distribution office; Hummel named EVP and MD

FremantleMedia International Canada's Susan Hummel has been tapped to lead, with Michael Di Mondo upped at FMI.
April 18, 2017

Vancouver and Santa Monica-based global content company Lionsgate has tapped Susan Hummel to lead its first distribution office in Toronto.

Hummel has been appointed EVP and managing director of Lionsgate’s Anchor Bay distribution arm in Canada. She’ll be charged with managing and leading the new office, as well as maximizing licensing opportunities for Lionsgate and Starz’ film and TV portfolios and expanding the company’s unscripted TV presence in Canada.

In a release announcing the hire, Lionsgate said Hummel’s appointment is a “significant first step toward growing its presence in a key territory.”

Prior to joining Lionsgate, Hummel launched FremantleMedia International’s (FMI) first local distribution office in Canada.  She served as SVP Sales and Distribution at FMI Canada’s Toronto office since 2014 and managed deals for the company’s titles including, America’s Got Talent and Family Feud. 

FMI Canada announced today that Michela Di Mondo has been promoted to the SVP role vacated by Hummel.

In her new position, Di Mondo will head up the company’s Toronto office and be responsible for developing and implementing strategies to license FMI programming across platforms in the Canadian market. She’ll report to Lisa Honig, SEVP International Distribution for FMI in North America.

Di Mondo has been with FMI Canada since its launch and previously served as VP of sales and distribution. She’s helped broker deals for American Idol, The X Factor UK, Family Feud and other series in both English and French-speaking Canada.

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Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.