MGM's Jim Packer Moves to Lionsgate to Head Worldwide Television Distribution

Executive is expected to take up his new position next month.

Call it a case of out of the Lion’s den and through the Lionsgate: MGM television executive Jim Packer is joining Lionsgate to head its worldwide television distribution and digital operation. According to a source, he’ll probably start at the new job, which comes with a President title, in February.

Lionsgate is an important player in scripted cable production, with shows such as Showtime’s Weeds and Nurse Jackie, AMC’s Mad Men, and TBS’s Tyler Perry's House of Payne.