Lionsgate beefs up multiplatform team for Mad Men, Hunger Games

Michelle Clancy ©RapidTVNews | 20-10-2011

Lionsgate, looking to supercharge its multiscreen distribution strategy for franchises like Mad Men and the upcoming Hunger Games, has named Lawrence Szabo to lead TV and film content distribution across all platforms.
An 18-year veteran of MGM's Worldwide Television Group, Szabo is the mind behind MGM’s distribution of the James Bond feature film franchise across international pay-TV and free to air platforms.
Szabo's North American distribution responsibilities will include sales of all Lionsgate television content across all platforms in the U.S. and all new television content to digital and traditional media platforms in Canada, as well as coordinating with Alliance Films on distribution of the Lionsgate filmed entertainment library in Canada.
"I've been watching Lionsgate's bold production strategy for a number of years, and I am thrilled to be joining a company that produces ground-breaking entertainment, from Emmy-winning Mad Men to future franchises such as Hunger Games," said Szabo, in a statement.
Szabo held a series of progressively responsible international home entertainment and television executive positions during his 18-year tenure at MGM, and he most recently served as senior vice president of the MGM Worldwide Television Group and co-managing director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, based in London. In this capacity he was responsible for MGM's television distribution and television library sales in numerous key international territories.