Kevin Beggs has been promoted to chairman of the Lionsgate Television Group as part of his new long-term agreement with the company.
Beggs will continue to oversee development and production of all scripted and non-scripted programming for broadcast, cable and digital platforms worldwide, and he will still report to Lionsgate Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer, the company said.
Under Beggs, Lionsgate has launched 30 series on 20 different networks, including AMC’s “Mad Men,” Showtime’s “Weeds” and “Nurse Jackie,” FX’s “Anger Management,” ABC’s “Nashville,” and Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black.”
“Kevin epitomizes the entrepreneurial leadership, innovative thinking and creative vision that have shaped the consistent and successful evolution of our television business,” said Feltheimer. “He is an integral part of a management team notable for its breadth, depth and continuity, and we are confident that he will lead our Television Group to continued growth and diversification in the years to come.”
Beggs joined Lionsgate in 1998. Its television division’s revenue has climbed from $8 million in 2000 to nearly $400 million last year.
Beggs also serves on the Board and Executive Committees of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the Los Angeles Paley Center for Media and the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE), for which he served as chairman for three years.
The contract renewal follows long-term contract announcements for Feltheimer, vice chairman Michael Burns, co-chief operating officer Brian Goldsmith, general counsel and chief strategic officer Wayne Levin, as well as Jason Constantine, Motion Picture Group president of acquisitions and co-productions and Ron Schwartz, president and general manager of Home Entertainment Sales & Distribution.