Anne-Marie Ross, a veteran exec for companies like Lionsgate and Pantelion with a career spanning more than two decades, died on September 9 after a two-year battle with advanced cancer. She was 49.
Ross began her career in international film distribution with Lionsgate in 2001, where she was led by Nick Meyer, the current film president of Entertainment One.
“Anne-Marie embodied poise, class, cleverness and kindness. She always had a glow of positivity,” Meyer said in a statement. “She was a star who could handle any curveball during those early days at Lionsgate, when I had the privilege of getting to know her and working with her for seven years. The grief and injustice of her loss is felt by all who know her, but no one can imagine the pain Jonathan, the children and her parents feel. My heart aches as I write these words.”
Lionsgate later named Ross EVP of International Sales in 2012. Helen Lee-Kim, President of International at Lionsgate, added: “Anne-Marie was a dear friend and colleague whose high-wattage smile brightened up any room. We have wonderful memories made traveling together the international film markets and I will forever cherish the many smiles we shared Her kindness and generosity belied her fierce negotiating style She had such a strong work ethic always fully present and committed to whatever she put into her career and home. Nothing was more important than Jon, the children and her family. Our hearts break for everyone.”
Ross became president of Pantelion Films in 2014, where she led the company’s international sales division for four years after its launch.
She later founded TLC Wellness in 2018 and led the portfolio of business and consumer-focused health and wellness companies until her death. Ross was also an expert advisor to the National Bank of Canada in the entertainment sector, focusing on international valuations of independent film content.
After graduating with honors from UC Santa Cruz in 1995, Ross received her MA in Chinese History from UC Irvine in 2000. She leaves behind her husband Jonathan, their three children, her father Tom Boysen Sr., her mother Pochan Boysen and her brother. Tom Boysen Jr.