Venice, Calif-based Exodus Film Group has appointed Jerome Williams senior VP of business development. Reporting to company president and CEO John D. Eraklis, Williams will oversee all aspects of business development, finance and Exodus’ $50 million dollar private placement film fund.
"We’re thrilled that Jerome is joining us," Eraklis comments. "His agency background and extensive experience negotiating large entertainment deals will be a valuable asset to Exodus."
Williams began his career at the William Morris Agency booking musical talents, followed by a stint at ICM where, as a music agent, he booked ICM’s entire music roster within the United States and Canada. His success with ICM’s music division attracted the attention of Earvin "Magic" Johnson, who recruited him as director of production with Magic Johnson Enterprises. There, he was instrumental in the 2003 negotiations that brought Magic Johnson Prods. and the Anschutz Entertainment Group together in a joint venture.
Founded in 2001, Exodus Film Group focuses on family-oriented films, acquiring intellectual properties and taking them from inception to distribution. Working with animation partner ElectroAge (Hanna Barbera’s The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest, Sony Television’s Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles), Exodus is producing the computer-animated features Igor, The Hero of Color City, Pavlov’s Dog and Amarillo Armadillo. Also in the works is the live-action/CG feature Bunyan and Babe, directed by three-time Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor Jim Rygiel (The Lord of the Rings trilogy).