October 4, 2022
Lionsgate Oct. 4 announced it has signed a new long-term employment deal with Kevin Beggs to continue as Lionsgate Television Group chair and chief content integration officer.
The announcement comes as Lionsgate Television recently reported one of its best years, with 14 new shows picked up to series and 15 current series renewed for additional seasons. The studio has more than 100 scripted and unscripted series spanning its Lionsgate Television, Pilgrim Media Group, Debmar-Mercury and 3Arts Entertainment platforms.
“Kevin and his team have done a great job in building Lionsgate Television into a world-class supplier of valuable premium content to buyers throughout the ecosystem,” Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer said in a statement. “Kevin is a trusted partner whose entrepreneurial, innovative and collaborative approach reflects our culture at its best. Under his leadership, our television business is positioned to continue growing its profitability and strengthening its respected brand.”
Beggs has recently shepherded the renewal of Lionsgate’s three current broadcast network series, “Home Economics” (ABC), “Welcome to Flatch” (Fox) and “Ghosts” (CBS), the biggest new network comedy series in the past four years. Other breakout series under his leadership include “Love Life,” “Minx and Julia” at HBO Max, “Mythic Quest” and “Acapulco” at Apple TV+, several new series for AVOD platforms and a slate of 15 series airing or in the pipeline at Starz, including three installments of the Power Universe (“Raising Kanan” and “Force”), “Dangerous Liaisons,” “Blindspotting” and the critically-acclaimed, “The Serpent Queen” (in collaboration with 3Arts) and “P-Valley.”
As chief content integration officer, Beggs spearheads “Lionsgate 360” initiatives creating cross-platform opportunities for dozens of the studio’s properties. These include the John Wick origin story, “The Continental,” recently licensed to NBCUniversal’s Peacock platform; the television series “Step Up,” “Blindspotting” and “Swimming with Sharks,” all adapted from Lionsgate film properties; and “The 1619 Project,” in partnership with Pulitzer Prize winner Nikole Hannah-Jones, Oprah Winfrey and The New York Times, which includes a docuseries for Hulu, several feature film projects and scripted series in development and a planned multicity exhibition.
Beggs and Lionsgate Television Group President Sandra Stern have led television production for 20 years, one of the longest-running leadership teams in the industry. Beggs’ contract renewal also rounds out the solidification of Lionsgate Television’s creative leadership team, with Scott Herbst, EVP and head of scripted development, Lee Hollin, EVP and head of current programming, and Jocelyn Sabo, SVP of scripted development, all signing new deals recently.
During his 24-year Lionsgate tenure, Beggs shepherded eight seasons of the multiple Emmy Award winner “Mad Men,” seven seasons of Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black,” eight seasons of “Weeds,” and six seasons of “Dead Zone.”