It's the first hire from newly installed film group chairman Michael De Luca.
MGM's recently hired chairman Michael De Luca has brought in a new crop of executives to beef up the studio's film group.
Elishia Holmes has been tapped to serve as executive vp, while Johnny Pariseau will act as senior vp. The two are already working in their new roles.
Holmes and Pariseau have previous work experience with De Luca as both served as execs at Michael De Luca Productions, his production banner and home before taking his new position in January.
"I am thrilled to have Elishia and Johnny join our growing team,” De Luca said Thursday in a statement. “They are exceptional production executives, each with a unique creative voice, and I am excited they are here with us as we continue to build on the great legacy of MGM."
Holmes joined Michael De Luca Productions in 2015, receiving an executive producer credit on 2019's crime drama The Kitchen and overseeing the recently wrapped sci-fi drama Reminiscence, starring Hugh Jackman and Rebecca Ferguson and directed by Lisa Joy. Holmes is also working on Rachel Morrison's Flint Strong, written by Barry Jenkins and starring Ice Cube.
The longtime film executive also worked for Ridley Scott's Scott Free banner, having a hand in movies such as Exodus: Gods and Kings, Alien: Covenant, The Martian and Blade Runner 2049. She also developed and was the on-set producer for Morgan and Child 44.
Before that, Holmes served as vp development at Graham King's GK Films, where she also worked closely with Peter Schlessel's Film District division, bringing in Looper for their distribution company. And she previously served as a production executive at Warner Bros., shepherding the Hughes brothers' post-apocalyptic thriller The Book of Eli.
"I'm so excited to be joining such an iconic and celebrated studio with a terrifically talented group of people across film and television and grateful to be working under the leadership of Mike De Luca, whose vision continues to inspire creative originality and future facing positivity," said Holmes.
Pariseau, at Michael De Luca Productions, was overseeing the development of Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know; the adaptation of the best-seller Uncanny Valley; the adaptation of Andy Weir's Cheshire Crossing; and The Lunch Witch, which had Kate McKinnon attached to star.
Pariseau got his start in the mailroom of UTA, moving up to become an agent in the the media rights department, packaging film and television projects based on source material. Among the projects he identified was Hidden Figures.
"I'm honored to continue working with Mike and the team, to join the talented and welcoming MGM family, and to play a small part in the studio's long, storied filmmaking history,” said Pariseau.
The hirings come as De Luca begins to make strong moves with the film group. He recently acquired the road-trip comedy Dog, to be co-directed by Channing Tatum who will also star and Reid Carolin. And last week De Luca forcefully won the bidding war for Weir's latest book, The Hail Mary, with Ryan Gosling attached to star.
The move is the latest from newly installed chairman Michael De Luca as he reshapes the storied studio.
Longtime producer and film executive Pam Abdy has been named as motion picture group president at MGM.
Abdy will oversee development, production and postproduction for all MGM and Orion films, reporting to Michael De Luca, who was appointed chairman of MGM's film group in January.
The move is the latest from De Luca as he puts his stamp on the storied company with a series of high-profile acquisitions and as he brings in new executives into the fold.
"I have long admired Pam for her exceptional abilities as both a studio executive and producer, both critical jobs in our industry and ones that she has handled with the utmost skill, taste and talent," said De Luca in a statement. "She is among the very best and we are all beyond thrilled that she will be joining the MGM team as we steer the studio into the future.”
Known for her filmmaker relationships, Abdy is coming from Makeready, the production company run by Brad Weston and where she acted as partner and head of film as well as produced 2019's acclaimed drama Queen & Slim and the Sam Taylor-Johnson-directed adaptation of A Million Little Pieces.
Before that she acted as president of production of New Regency where she spearheaded video game adaptation Assassin's Creed and The Revenant, the period drama that starred Leonardo DiCaprio and was nominated for 12 Oscars. During her tenure, New Regency made Alejandro González Iñárritu's Academy Award-winning Birdman, David Fincher's Gone Girl, Darren Aronofsky's Noah, Adam McKay's Academy Award-winning The Big Short and Gore Verbinski's Cure for Wellness.
Other stints include running at Bluegrass Films, the banner created by now Netflix head Scott Stuber, and a top position at Paramount where he oversaw films ranging from Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island to Oliver Stone's World Trade Center to Mark Waters' Mean Girls. She was also president of Jersey Films when the company produced Zach Braff's directorial debut, Garden State.
"I am honored to join Mike and the team at MGM/Orion," said Abdy. "As a colleague and friend for over 20 years, I have long admired his bold choices and passionate support of filmmakers. I look forward to helping him build on the legacy of MGM as a home for great artists.”