When Mandate Pictures was acquired by Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) in August 2007, Joe Drake returned to his old stomping grounds as co-chief operating officer and president of Lionsgate’s motion picture group, with oversight of all areas of the company’s theatrical production, distribution, marketing, acquisition and international theatrical operations. He joins Lionsgate Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer, Vice Chairman Michael Burns and co-Chief Operating Officer Steve Beeks as a member of the senior decision-making team of the fast-growing $1 billion-plus diversified company, the leading independent filmed entertainment studio.
Formerly president of Lionsgate International, Drake structured that division to be a premier supplier of theatrical feature films to the independent world. He oversaw worldwide sales and distribution of Lionsgate’s international programming and championed such projects as Nicolas Cage’s Shadow of The Vampire, the highly controversial American Psycho and the Oscar ® and Golden Globe ® nominee Amores Perros. Before joining Lionsgate, Drake served as senior vice president of international theatrical at Rysher Entertainment.
Joe is founder and CEO of Mandate Pictures, an independent entertainment company dedicated to the self-financing, development and production of filmed entertainment. Drake has been the driving force since launching the Company (previously Senator International) in 2005, which aims to deliver broad-appeal films to studios and major independents worldwide.
Mandate has carved a distinctive signature in the world marketplace with the blockbuster The Grudge, Harold & Kumar and Boogeyman franchises and a diverse portfolio of other hits including Jason Reitman's sleeper hit Juno, starring Ellen Page (Hard Candy), Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman, which has earned four Academy Award (R) nominations (including Best Picture) and grossed more than $100 million at the domestic box office, Marc Forster's Stranger Than Fiction, The Messengers, directed by Danny and Oxide Pang and the horror film 30 Days of Night. Mandate's horror films are produced and released through Ghost House Pictures, the successful horror label run as a joint venture between Drake and legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (Spider Man franchise, The Evil Dead) and his partner, Rob Tapert.
Mandate's upcoming theatrical slate includes the crime thriller Horsemen, starring Dennis Quaid and Ziyi Zhang; and the New Line Cinema comedy sequel Harold & Kumar 2, which features the directorial debut of the films’ writers Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg.