Lionsgate's Kevin Beggs to Speak at UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television Commencement

Brigitte Sire
Kevin Beggs

Donna Deitch and Sarahbeth Grossman will receive Distinguished Alumni Awards.

Kevin Beggs, Lionsgate Television Group chairman, will serve as commencement speaker at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television’s ceremony on June 12 at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

Also at the ceremony, Emmy Award-winning director Donna Deitch and Tony Award-nominated producer Sarahbeth Grossman will receive Distinguished Alumni Awards

During Begg’s 17-year tenure, Lionsgate’s Television Group, with series such as Mad Men, Weeds, Orange is the New Black and Nashville, has grown from $8 million to nearly $600 million in revenue.

“Kevin is a visionary leader who has led Lionsgate’s television business to the forefront of industry change, supplying ground-breaking storytelling to new, emerging and traditional platforms alike. Kevin’s career will be an inspiration to our students as they begin their own journeys as storytellers and scholars in a fast-changing entertainment and performing arts environment," the school’s dean, Teri Schwartz, said in making the announcement.

Deitch, director of the landmark 1985 lesbian love story Desert Hearts, will be named the Distinguished Alumna in Film, Television and Digital Media, and Grossman, co-producer of the 2015 Tony Award best musical nominee An American in Paris, will be the recipient of the Distinguished Alumna Award in Theater.

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