SANTA MONICA, Calif. and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 17, 2016 /CNW/ -- Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a premier next generation global content leader, has named 14-year Sony Pictures veteran Audrey Lee as Executive Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, it was announced today by Wayne Levin, Lionsgate's Chief Strategic Officer and General Counsel, to whom she reports.
Ms. Lee works closely with Mr. Levin, supporting him on M&A activities and overseeing legal issues for Lionsgate's SVOD channels and digital initiatives, location-based entertainment, and marketing and promotions.
"Audrey's corporate legal experience at the major studio level and fluency with intellectual property matters and content distribution worldwide make her a tremendous asset to the Lionsgate team," said Mr. Levin. "As we continue to expand our global footprint, her relationships and expertise will help facilitate our growth and evolution."
Ms. Lee joins Lionsgate from Sony Pictures Entertainment where, as Senior Vice President of Legal Affairs, she managed an extensive department and oversaw all legal work relating to home entertainment and television distribution both domestically and in select international markets. Prior to that, she was Associate General Counsel at idealab! where she served as a strategic advisor to more than 15 operating companies in all aspects of their corporate and legal undertakings. Ms. Lee began her career at the international law firm of Latham & Watkins, LLP handling mergers and acquisitions, securities, and intellectual property transactions.
Ms. Lee received her JD from the University of Chicago. In addition, she holds an MBA from UCLA, the same institution from which she received her undergraduate degree.
Lionsgate is a premier next generation global content leader with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms, video games and international distribution and sales. The Company has nearly 80 television shows on 40 different networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses. These include the critically-acclaimed hit series Orange is the New Black, the multiple Emmy Award-winning drama Mad Men, the hit broadcast network series Nashville, the syndication successes The Wendy Williams Show and Celebrity Name Game (with FremantleMedia), the breakout series The Royals and the Golden Globe-nominated dramedy Casual.
Its feature film business has been fueled by such successes as the blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, the first two installments of the Divergent franchise, Sicario, The Age of Adaline, CBS/Lionsgate's The DUFF, John Wick, Now You See Me, Roadside Attractions' Love & Mercy and Mr. Holmes, Lionsgate/Codeblack Films' Addicted and Pantelion Films' Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.
Lionsgate's home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rates. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 16,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world. www.lionsgate.com
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