Lionsgate Exec Jared Goetz Out After Allegedly Having Gun on Company Premises

Jared Goetz
Courtesy of Lionsgate

The president of North American TV distribution has parted ways with the studio after an incident involving a coworker.

Lionsgate has parted ways with one of its executives after he allegedly had a gun on company premises.

Sources say the studio's president of North American TV distribution Jared Goetz violated company policy by having a firearm in his car while at work. The gun was discovered when Goetz — who was working in Lionsgate's Santa Monica offices in September — drove a coworker to lunch last month.

In the car, he allegedly opened up about having his house broken into and being attacked in his car at a stoplight recently. The two incidents led him to get a gun for protection, he allegedly told the coworker. He then revealed that he had the gun in the car with them, sources say.

Before heading in the restaurant for lunch with his colleague, Goetz is said to have transferred the gun from his car into a fanny pack he was wearing in the restaurant. There is a dispute about whether the gun was loaded or not. Both Lionsgate and Goetz declined to comment.

A source says Goetz never actually brought the gun into the Lionsgate offices — but that he did have it in his car in the parking lot, which qualifies as company premises and is therefore a violation of Lionsgate's policy. In the wake of the breach, today is his last day at the studio.

Bryan Freedman, Goetz’s attorney, responded with the following statement: "Jared had his home burglarized and during the pandemic was attacked in his car at while at a stop light on Reseda Boulevard. He owned a hand gun that was properly licensed. Consistent with past actions, he had plans to go to the shooting range after work and train with Officer Daryl Scoggins of the West Valley police department. As Lionsgate confirmed, this was a one time incident, wherein he never took the gun into the office nor did he remove it from the lock box in the car while he was at work. He never showed it to anyone nor did he threaten or let anyone even see it. It was properly and legally secured and there was no one else who had ever seen it — Jared has alway been a model employee. He has never been involved in anything even close to disciplinary action in more than 25 years of working for companies. He is well liked and an honorable person. He never intended in any way to make anyone uncomfortable nor did he do anything illegal — In fact, there are no allegations that he attempted to scare or threaten anyone. While he has reasons for self protection, he is terribly sorry for this matter and realizes while the gun was properly secured in his vehicle, leaving it in his car in the parking lot was against company policy. He has had tremendous success while at Lionsgate which has led to him being approached with other incredible opportunities. He is focusing on those opportunities and wishes that this was not such a difficult and unsafe time for everyone."

In his role at the independent studio, he was responsible for leading the licensing team and selling content across broadcast, cable, pay TV and SVOD. Before joining Lionsgate in 2017, Goetz spent 22 years at Disney, where he was responsible for the sales of first-run syndicated hits including Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, Live With Regis and Kelly and Grey's Anatomy.