Change is afoot in the upper echelon of Lionsgate – in more ways than one. The studio behind The Hunger Games and Orange Is the New Black has moved longtime executive James Gladstone up to EVP and General Manager of Business & Legal Affairs. This comes as decade-plus employee Gladstone inked a new multi-year deal with Lionsgate.
“Jim is a respected negotiator, skilled litigator and a key member of our executive legal team,” General Counsel and Chief Strategic Officer Wayne Levin said today of the move. “He has played an integral role in the corporate and financial deals that have helped build Lionsgate from a small independent studio into a global content leader and major creative force in the entertainment industry, and we look forward to his expanded contributions in the years to come.”
In his past capacities at Lionsgate, Gladstone was a pivotal part of the lawyers who oversaw the studio’s acquisition of Summit Entertainment and, more recently, of Starz.
The former Lynberg & Watkins, Reuben & Novicoff attorney will be responsible for “a wide array” of Lionsgate’s corporate M&A and financial transaction, according to the studio. He also will manage litigation and dispute resolution for the company – which includes copyright and trademark issues, those sometimes-tricky participation audits and guild arbitrations. According to Lionsgate, the busy Gladstone also oversees risk management and is responsible for home entertainment operations supervising Lionsgate’s pick, pack, and ship contract with Fox and its replication deal with Technicolor.