Brian Goldsmith Co-Chief Operating Officer
Brian Goldsmith is Co-Chief Operating Officer of Lionsgate, spearheading the Company’s corporate development activities, investments in branded channels around the world and digital initiatives as Lionsgate has evolved from an independent studio into a next generation global content leader. He joins Co-COO Steve Beeks in reporting to Lionsgate Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer on corporate management issues and works closely with Vice Chairman Michael Burns and General Counsel and Chief Strategic Officer Wayne Levin on M&A activities and initiatives related to the Company's capital structure, including corporate and project financings.
Mr. Goldsmith was instrumental in the Company's January 2012 acquisition of Summit Entertainment, the August 2011 sale of Canadian distributor Maple Pictures to Alliance Films and the February 2009 acquisition of POP (formerly TVGN, now a 50/50 partnership between Lionsgate and CBS Corporation). He has played a significant role in overseeing Lionsgate's partnerships with Viacom and MGM in the EPIX channel and the Company’s launch of Celestial Tiger Entertainment in Asia with partners Saban Capital Group and Astro's Celestial Pictures.
In addition, Mr. Goldsmith helped develop Lionsgate’s numerous content partnerships in China, including the Company’s slate financing, co-production and distribution agreement with Hunan TV & Broadcast Intermediary Ltd. He is also spearheading Lionsgate’s rollout of OTT platforms that bring the Company’s content directly to consumers. These include Tribeca Shortlist, in partnership with Tribeca Enterprises, Comic-Con HQ and Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud comedy platform.
Before his October 2012 promotion to Co-COO, Mr. Goldsmith had served as Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy since September 2008, leading the Company's acquisition and corporate development activities. Prior to that, he served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Mandate Pictures and its predecessor company Senator International, joining Lionsgate after its September 2007 acquisition of Mandate. Previously, Goldsmith worked as a financial analyst and strategic planner at Sony Pictures, beginning his career as a financial analyst at Merrill Lynch. He received his B.S. degree from Stanford University.