Vice President, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions
As Vice President of Worldwide Acquisitions for Sony Pictures Entertainment, Lakshmi tracks, produces and acquires films for the studio. She annually attends Sundance, Berlin, SXSW, Tribeca, Cannes and the Toronto Film Festival screening films and meeting filmmakers from all over the world.
Born in Sherman Oaks, California, Lakshmi’s background is deeply rooted in the arts and live performance. She has worked for the Los Angeles Opera, and is the Co-Artistic Director and lead dancer for the Rangoli Dance Company. She has worked extensively behind the curtain as stage manager and production designer for most of their productions. Lakshmi continues to perform and has been actively dancing for 30 years. She additionally serves on the board of the Dance Resource Center of Los Angeles.
Lakshmi’s career in Acquisitions began in 2009 at Universal Pictures and continued as Director of Acquisitions for Focus Features in 2016. During her time with Universal and Focus she participated in the acquisitions of Tom Ford’s NOCTURNAL ANIMALS, Lenny Abrahamson’s ROOM, Pedro Almodovar’s JULIETA and Garth Davis’ MARY MAGDALENE. Prior to joining the studio, Lakshmi interned at ICM, Dan Lin Productions, John Wells Productions and volunteered for the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles.
In addition to her work in Acquisitions, Lakshmi is currently the studio executive on Michael Winterbottom’s upcoming feature THE WEDDING GUEST starring Dev Patel and Radhika Apte.
Lakshmi has a BA in Theater with a Minor in Italian (2005) from UCLA, and a Masters in Entertainment Industry Management from Carnegie Mellon University (2009). She additionally studied abroad in Bologna, Italy and interned with the Cineteca di Bologna.