Sandra Stern is President of the Lionsgate Television Group and has been a key member of the Company’s senior management team for the past 15 years. She has helped guide Lionsgate’s television business to record-breaking revenue growth during nearly every year of her tenure and has been instrumental in tripling the size of the television slate, which encompasses nearly 90 series on 40 U.S. networks.
One of the industry’s consummate deal-makers, Ms. Stern has innovated ground-breaking linear and streaming platform deals for iconic Lionsgate series including Mad Men, Weeds and Orange is the New Black as well as The Royals, Casual and Greenleaf. She also spearheaded a unique deal that facilitated Nashville’s transition to CMT and Hulu, paved the way for Step Up to become the first original series for YouTube Red, and negotiated deals for upcoming series The Rook (Starz) and The Kingkiller Chronicle (Showtime).
At the corporate level, Ms. Stern was instrumental in the Company’s December 2016 acquisition of Starz and formation of its multi-faceted partnership with New Regency.
She began her career in the Columbia Pictures Television legal department, followed by a stint with the law firm Bloom, Hergott, Cook, Diemer & Klein LLP. She headed business affairs and international development at New World Entertainment, where she met Jon Feltheimer, and has worked with him for 30 years, first at New World, then Columbia TriStar Television and most recently at Lionsgate.
A graduate of UCLA Law School, Ms. Stern is a founding member of their LEAD program and serves on the Board of the Law School’s Ziffren Center, where she also teaches. She is on the Board of the Saban Clinic and Center Theatre Group, and is active in the Rape Treatment Center. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles honored her with its Excellence in Mentoring Award in 2015.