LOS ANGELES, CA (May 14, 2012) – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) has promoted Scott Packman to Senior Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary and appointed Cheryl Rodman as Executive Vice President and Deputy General Counsel. The announcement was made today by Ken Schapiro, Chief Operating Officer of MGM.
“Scott has been an integral part of our new management team providing his knowledge of our business and vast experience from his ten year tenure at MGM. We are thrilled he will be taking on the post of Senior Executive Vice President,” said Schapiro.
Packman, who has served as General Counsel since 2005, joined MGM in 2002. Packman is a key member of the teams that negotiated the studios’ significant corporate and financing transactions during his tenure, including its current $500 million credit facility; the studio’s co-financing deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment; and its Home Entertainment distribution pact with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. As Senior Executive Vice President, Packman will report to Schapiro and will continue to be responsible for the oversight of all of MGM’s legal and business affairs as well as its corporate governance.
“I am thrilled to have Cheryl join our team and provide her unique blend of entertainment and corporate legal experience,” said Packman. “Having worked with Gary and Roger at Spyglass, she understands the new culture at MGM and the direction that we are moving in.”
Rodman will work closely with Packman in her new role as Executive Vice President and Deputy General Counsel. She will report to Packman as part of the legal and business affairs team where her areas of focus will include MGM’s significant corporate transactions including acquisitions, joint ventures, as well as the company’s financing activities and corporate affairs.
Prior to joining MGM’s legal affairs department, Packman served as General Counsel, EVP of Business and Legal Affairs, and Corporate Secretary with entertainment software company Creative Planet, Inc. where he was a member of a five-person Executive Committee responsible for making all major business and strategic decisions for the company. Previously, Packman was with the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers, LLP, where he was responsible for negotiating and drafting agreements ranging from motion picture, television and video game distribution, intellectual property, Internet and product placement, to executive employment contracts.
Packman began his career at the law firm of Rogers & Wells in New York. He holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. He currently serves as Board Member and Secretary of Bet Tzedek, a pro bono legal services organization, is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Honors Business Program at The University of Texas at Austin, and a member of the Steering Committee for the UCLA School of Law’s Annual Entertainment Law Symposium.
Before joining MGM, Rodman had her own practice, Rodman Ventures, Inc., where she specialized in entertainment and corporate law. Prior to having her own legal practice, she served as General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs for Spyglass Entertainment. Rodman began her career in the White House Office of Presidential Scheduling and Advance, and went on to work as an Associate at Troop, Meisinger, Steuber and Paisich in the corporate and securities department. She holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA, graduating summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.