SANTA MONICA, Calif., and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Nov. 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Brian Goldsmith, a 15-year veteran of Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) and its predecessor companies, has signed a new long-term agreement to continue as Chief Operating Officer (COO), the Company announced today.
Goldsmith has played a major role in helping to transform Lionsgate from a small independent studio into a leading global content platform. As a member of Lionsgate's senior decision-making team and Executive Management Committee, he is responsible for a broad range of corporate management issues, M&A activities, strategic partnerships and investments, and initiatives designed to strengthen the Company's capital structure.
Goldsmith helped shepherd Lionsgate's December 2016 acquisition of Starz, the biggest deal in the Company's history, played an integral role in last year's purchase of the Good Universe production and distribution company, and has led the Company's business development efforts in China and India. In addition, he helped orchestrate Lionsgate's acquisition of Summit Entertainment, its partnership with CBS in the Pop network, the successful launch of Celestial Tiger Entertainment in Asia, and the sale of Lionsgate's stake in the EPIX channel.
"Brian is a key member of the team that has built our Company into a diversified global content supplier through a combination of organic growth, strategic acquisitions and incubation of new businesses," said Lionsgate Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer. "He will continue to play a leadership role in deciding how we allocate our resources and deploy our content in today's dynamic operating environment in order to remain a unique and valuable part of our media ecosystem."
Goldsmith joined Lionsgate through the Company's 2007 acquisition of Mandate Pictures, where he served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to that, he worked as a financial analyst and strategic planner at Sony Pictures, beginning his career as a financial analyst at Merrill Lynch. Goldsmith received his bachelor's degree from Stanford University.
The first major new studio in decades, Lionsgate is a global content leader whose films, television series, digital products and linear and over-the-top platforms reach next generation audiences around the world. In addition to its filmed entertainment leadership, Lionsgate content drives a growing presence in interactive and location-based entertainment, video games, esports and other new entertainment technologies. Lionsgate's content initiatives are backed by a nearly 17,000-title film and television library and delivered through a global sales and distribution infrastructure. The Lionsgate brand is synonymous with original, daring and ground-breaking content created with special emphasis on the evolving patterns and diverse composition of the Company's worldwide consumer base.
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