Longtime executive Sandra Stern has been promoted to vice chairman of the Lionsgate Television Group, reporting to Lionsgate Television Group chair and chief creative officer Kevin Beggs. A key member of the studio/distributor’s senior management team for nearly 20 years, Stern has helped guide Lionsgate’s television business to strong revenue growth during nearly every year of her tenure.
Under her guidance, Lionsgate saw 14 of its new shows picked up to series and 15 current series renewed for additional seasons — including “Home Economics” (ABC), “Welcome to Flatch” (Fox) and “Ghosts” (CBS).
Stern played a key role in spearheading original content for third party streaming platforms, including romantic anthology “Love Life,” the series “Julia, Minx” and the upcoming “Love and Death.” She shepherded the launch of “Mythic Quest” and “Acapulco” at Apple TV+, and “P-Valley,” “The Serpent Queen” (in collaboration with 3 Arts) and three installments of the “Power” franchise at Starz. Stern has also been instrumental in guiding the continued expansion of the John Wick Universe with the TV origin story and special event series “The Continental,” positioned to be a major streaming event in collaboration with platform partners Peacock and Amazon.
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Stern also had an active year on the corporate deal-making front. She led the studio’s investment in U.K. talent management and production company 42, building on Lionsgate’s successful collaboration with 3 Arts Entertainment. She helped renew Lionsgate’s partnership with BBC Studios Los Angeles, which has already generated two network hits, and she negotiated a first-look television deal with Spyglass Media Group.
“Sandra is a great partner, an outstanding executive and one of the best dealmakers in the business,” CEO Jon Feltheimer said in a statement. “With Kevin Beggs and Sandra leading the way, our television business is positioned to create growing value and increasing profitability as its current slate continues to mature and exciting new properties are added.”
A graduate of UCLA Law School, Stern is a founding member of their LEAD program and serves on the Board of the Law School’s Ziffren Center, where she also teaches. She serves on the board of the Saban Clinic, the UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center and Centre Theatre Group. She is an active member of the Rape Treatment Center and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles, which honored her with its Excellence in Mentoring Award. She has also been honored with Humanitarian leadership awards by the Jonsson Cancer Center’s Taste for a Cure event and the I Had a Dream Los Angeles Foundation.