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Lightning Strikes Rock

Acquisition Pro Bobby Rock Heads to Lightning Entertainment

LOS ANGELES, CA - November 1, 2016 – Lightning Entertainment Group announces today that industry veteran Bobby Rock has been tapped as their new Acquisitions Executive.

On behalf of all of us here at Lightning, I'm pleased to announce that Bobby Rock has joined our team as Head of Acquisitions. Bobby brings an impressive résumé and track record as one of the independent film industry’s leading senior executives and film acquisition experts. – James Walker, Lightning President

Rock began working closely with Walker, to identify and evaluate potential growth strategies, and acquisition targets for the company.

I am so very pleased to join the team, and work with Lighting on its new direction, innovative ideas, and with its strong library. We have big plans and opportunities for both international and domestic sales and releasing. – Bobby Rock, Head of Acquisitions

With Rock on board, Lightning has re-energized their acquisition strategy to seek out and release the best independent motion pictures, and documentaries. At AFM 2016, Lightning also launches their 4K / Ultra HD initiative which will position them as a leading independent distributor in this format. Bobby Rock will attend this year’s AFM to meet & greet at Lightning Entertainment’s 4K / ULTRA HD LOUNGE – in the Escondido Suite 8th/Top Floor at the Loews Hotel, Santa Monica.

Rock is a seasoned veteran with over 25 years of acquisitions experience. Prior to Lightning, Rock was Senior VP of Acquisitions for Eric Doctorow’s Random Media. Before that he was Head of Acquisitions at Echo Bridge Entertainment from 2008-2014. Preceding that, he was Senior Vice President of Production for Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope office, where Rock guided productions through to completion, including: Pumpkin, Jeepers Creepers II and Bill Condon’s Oscar-nominated Kinsey starring Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Timothy Hutton, and Chris O’Donnell. Rock also shepherded Walter Salles’ adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. From 1995 to 1996, Rock was V.P. of Acquisitions and Production at Trimark Pictures where he acquired a number of films, including Mira Nair’s Kama Sutra, Vincenzo Natale’s Cube, Wayne Wang’s Chinese Box, Tommy O’Haver’s Billy’s Hollywood Screen Kiss, and Danny Boyle’s Phoenix. All proved to be successful releases and profit-makers for the company. In addition to acquiring finished films for Trimark, Rock also bought a number of projects in script stage. Most notably, he was responsible for Kasi Lemmon’s Eve’s Bayou, starring Samuel L Jackson which became one of the highest grossing films ever produced by Trimark in its sixteen-year history. The film also won three Film Independent Spirit Awards. Rock manned the L.A. office of October Films from 1994 to 1995. He also worked as a V.P. of Acquisitions at both Triton Pictures and Atlantic Releasing Corporation. At Triton Pictures, he most notably was involved in the acquisition of two highly acclaimed documentaries: Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time by Erroll Morris, and Eleanor Coppola’s Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmakers Apocalypse documenting the filming of Apocalypse Now. At Atlantic Releasing, Rock acquired such projects as Wish You Were Here, Mike Figgis’ first feature Stormy Monday, and A World Apart which won a Best Actress Award for Barbara Hershey at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival.