Longtime Lionsgate CFO James Keegan to Retire

Jim Keegan Headshot - P 2013
Courtesy of Lionsgate

 Jim Keegan Headshot - P 2013

Former Viacom executive vice president James Barge will be handed the company books on October 1.

TORONTO – Longtime Lionsgate CFO James Keegan is retiring from the mini-studio and will be replaced by former Viacom exec James Barge.

Keegan, a 25-year veteran of Lionsgate and a mainstay of its analyst calls, is stepping down on Oct. 1, but will remain on board as a consultant until Jan. 3, 2014 to assist with the transition.

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Barge becomes the new CFO, effective October 1, reporting to Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer.

Barge was most recently executive vp and CFO of Viacom from 2010 to 2012 and had been consulting with Lionsgate before Keegan chose to retire.

He earlier worked at Time Warner for 13 years, rising to become senior vp, controller and chief accounting officer.

"Jim Keegan has provided 25 years of exemplary service to the Lionsgate family, and he will be missed," said Feltheimer in a statement on Friday.