Lionsgate Extends COO Brian Goldsmith's Contract to 2022

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The new four-year agreement follows the studio acquiring the premium TV channel Starz.

Lionsgate on Friday extended the contract for a key dealmaker, COO Brian Goldsmith, for another four years to 2022.

Goldsmith, whose current contract was to have run through to 2019 before a renewal, has been key to recent merger and acquisitions moves at the Hollywood studio, including helping execute the December 2016 acquisition of Starz.

"Brian is a key member of the team that has built our company into a diversified global content supplier through a combination of organic growth, strategic acquisitions and incubation of new businesses," Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer said Friday in a statement.

While with Lionsgate, Goldsmith has overseen studio partnerships with Viacom and MGM through the Epix channel and the company’s launch of Celestial Tiger Entertainment in Asia with partners Saban Capital Group and Astro's Celestial Pictures. And Goldsmith helped develop Lionsgate’s content partnerships in China with The Alibaba Group and Hunan TV & Broadcast Intermediary Ltd.

Goldsmith joined Lionsgate via the 2007 acquisition of Mandate Pictures, where he served as COO and CFO.

Before that, he worked as a financial analyst and strategic planner at Sony Pictures, after starting his career as a financial analyst at Merrill Lynch.