Lionsgate Re-Ups Wayne Levin as General Counsel13 Feb, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Lionsgate Feb. 13 said it signed Wayne Levin to a new long-term agreement to serve as general counsel and chief strategic officer.
A 17-year veteran with the Santa Monica, Calif.-based minimajor, Levin will continue to report to CEO Jon Feltheimer on corporate management and strategic issues, and will work closely with vice chairman Michael Burns and co-COO Brian Goldsmith on merger and acquisitions activities, and initiatives related to the studio’s capital structure, including significant corporate and project financings.
Levin was one of the architects of Lionsgate's new, five-year $800 million revolving credit facility.
He joined Lionsgate when it acquired Trimark Holdings in October 2000. Levin oversaw the acquisition and integration of Summit Entertainment (2012), TV Guide Network and TVGuide.com (2009), Mandate Pictures (2007), Debmar-Mercury (2006), Redbus Holdings (subsequently renamed Lionsgate U.K., 2005) and Artisan Entertainment (2003) as well as Lionsgate's equity investments in Roadside Attractions and Break Media.
He also helped structure Lionsgate's participation in the Epix channel, launched with partners Viacom and MGM in fall 2009, and Celestial Tiger Entertainment, launched in Asia in January 2012 with Saban Capital Group and Astro's Celestial Pictures.