Lionsgate Taps Jared Goetz as President of North American TV Distribution

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The 22-year Disney employee joins the company as the independent studio ramps up distribution.

Lionsgate Television is staffing up its TV distribution arm.

The independent studio has hired 22-year Disney exec Jared Goetz to serve in the newly created role of president of North American Television Distribution. Goetz, who previously served as senior vp pay TV and digital sales at Disney, will report to Lionsgate president of worldwide and digital distribution Jim Packer.

In his new role, Goetz will head the team charged with licensing Lionsgate and Starz content across broadcast, cable, pay TV, SVOD and other digital platforms in the U.S. and Canada.

"I have been fortunate enough to work with some of the best distribution executives in the business,” Goetz said Tuesday in a statement. “I look forward to using what I have learned from each of them to continue developing an already strong distribution team at Lionsgate. I’ve been deeply impressed by the rapid growth of Lionsgate’s content engine and the entrepreneurial spirit driving that growth. I couldn’t be more excited to become part of such an innovative and forward-looking studio.”

Goetz joins Lionsgate as the company continues to ramp up its domestic and international sales and distribution operations. The film slate features more than 40 releases a year and it has a 16,000-title movie and TV library including a roster of originals from Starz, which Lionsgate acquired in December.  

“I have known Jared for his entire career, and he is one of the most accomplished executives in the business,” said Packer. “He has managed every kind of content licensing deal to every platform imaginable, and his grasp of the marketplace and where it’s headed will be a great catalyst for our continued growth. His knowledge, relationships and major studio experience make him an invaluable addition to our leadership team.”

Before joining Lionsgate, Goetz spent 22 years at Disney, where he has been part of a leadership team distributing all of the company's film and TV properties. He was responsible for the sales of first-run syndicated hits including Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and Live With Regis and Kelly as well as off-network series such as Grey’s Anatomy, Castle, Lost and Home Improvement. Goetz also managed day-to-day sales of all theatrical and television content to Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and Google in North America and spearheaded significant recent SVOD deals for The Golden Girls, black-ish, Quantico, American Crime and a global sale of How to Get Away With Murder.