Ameesh Paleja is withdrawing as CEO of Lionsgate-sponsored Atom Tickets, the social-motion picture ticketing start-up he helped to establish, to join Lionsgate’s Starz as chief technology officer. In the recently made CTO part at Starz, Paleja will report specifically to Starz COO Jeffrey Hirsch and will be situated in the organization’s Englewood, Colorado office. Paleja filled in as CEO of Atom Tickets since 2014. He will keep serving on Atom Tickets’ board and as an advisor to the organization.
“Ameesh is a visionary and world-class technologist whose substantial experience with digital distribution platforms will deepen our brands’ connection with consumers and provide audiences the highest quality entertainment possible,” Hirsch said in announcing the deal. “I’m delighted to welcome Ameesh to this new role and look forward to what the future holds for Starz and how Ameesh will lead us there.”
Proceeding to co-finding and establishing Atom Tickets, Paleja started his vocation at Microsoft in 2001 but moved to Amazon.com in 2003 where he put in almost 12 years. At Amazon, Paleja helped to start Prime Instant Video, Amazon’s Appstore, Cloud Drive, and the Kindle product offering. He then became the establishing representative of Amazon’s R&D offices in Southern California, where he managed in excess of 550 workers.
Paleja, commenting on his move to Starz, said, “Connecting customers to the content they’ll love has been a longtime passion of mine. Starz has some incredible storytellers and I am excited to help connect their stories to millions of new customers around the world.”
The move to Starz comes after Atom said for the current week it raised more than $60 million out of a Series C round driven by new supporter Fidelity Investments, with Lionsgate, Disney, and 21st Century Fox all reinvesting in the organization. Subsequent to taking off broadly in 2016, Atom tripled its clients and ticket deals in a single year and is coordinated into countless U.S. theatres. Its application empowers moviegoers to purchase tickets, select seats, purchase concessions, and skip lines.