October 17, 2022
Lionsgate Oct. 17 announced it has entered into a new long-term employment agreement with Jim Packer, president of worldwide television distribution.
The new deal comes as Lionsgate continues to grow its global distribution business with licensing deals for the “John Wick”-based original series “The Continental” on NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming platform; CBS series “Ghosts”; and award-winning comedy series, “Schitt’s Creek” on Hulu, among other platforms.
Under Packer’s leadership, Lionsgate has expanded the studio’s Pay 1 movie distribution deal with Starz, in addition to separate Pay 2 deals with Roku and Peacock. A movie’s first pay window typically occurs following its theatrical and home entertainment release windows.
During Packer’s tenure, Lionsgate’s 17,000-title film and television library nearly doubled its revenue to almost $800 million.
Lionsgate’s worldwide television distribution group licenses 40 to 50 feature films annually, the studio’s television content slate, Starz original programming, in addition to catalog content to hundreds of broadcast, cable, SVOD, AVOD and FAST platforms globally.
“Jim is a world-class executive, a respected leader and a trusted partner whose entrepreneurial drive and knowledge of the changing face of the content business will continue to be an important part of moving our company forward,” CEO Jon Feltheimer said in a statement.
During the year, Packer has assembled a management team that includes Agapy Kapouranis, president of international television and digital distribution; Ryan Lowerre, president of domestic television and digital distribution; Chase Brisbin, EVP of international television and digital distribution; Kate Nexon, EVP of domestic television and digital distribution; and Suzy Feldman, EVP of worldwide television marketing.
Before joining Lionsgate in 2011, Packer served as president of MGM’s worldwide television and digital operations. Prior to that, he was an executive with The Walt Disney Company managing the distribution and syndication of Disney content.
A graduate of the University of Colorado, Packer has served on the board of trustees of the University of Colorado Foundation and the Leeds School of Business. He also previously served on the boards of the multiplatform channel Epix, NATPE, The Paley Center for Media, and Movie Network in Australia.