During his 25-year entertainment industry career with leading content companies Lionsgate, MGM and The Walt Disney Company, Jim Packer has been a key architect in crafting each studio’s strategies for capitalizing on distribution opportunities in a fast-changing world marketplace. Since Mr. Packer joined Lionsgate as President of Worldwide Television and Digital Distribution in February 2011, the Company has established itself as an innovator in the digital space and a leader in creating and licensing content to digital and traditional platforms around the world. Mr. Packer oversees the worldwide distribution of Lionsgate’s television roster of 34 shows on 22 different networks, including the multiple Emmy Award-winning Mad Men, the broadcast network series Nashville, the pioneering 10+90 series Anger Management and the critically-acclaimed hit Orange is the New Black on Netflix. He has led Lionsgate’s international business annual revenue growth of more than 50% and has managed digital and traditional distribution strategies for a television roster that has grown to encompass more than 1,000 episodes of content worldwide. Mr. Packer also spearheads the licensing of Lionsgate’s feature film slate, led by the global blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, to television, packaged media, on demand and digital platforms around the world and, in the U.S., he has guided the Company’s ongoing exploration of new home entertainment windowing and pricing strategies. He has worked closely with MSO’s to launch innovative day-and-date theatrical and VOD release strategies that have produced hits such as Arbitrage and Margin Call. During Mr. Packer’s tenure, Lionsgate has become an industry leader in VOD-to-box office and digital-to-box office conversion rates, and the Company is a perennial force in releasing top on demand titles.
Reflecting the continued emergence of digital, television and international revenues, Lionsgate’s 15,000-title motion picture and television library has achieved a market capitalization of nearly $5 billion. In 2013, the Company’s film business generated more than $2 billion at the global box office for the second year in a row led by the second installment of the Hunger Games franchise, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, one of the 10 highest-grossing domestic releases of all time, and Now You See Me, the sleeper hit of Summer 2013 which grossed more than $350 million worldwide. Prior to joining Lionsgate, Mr. Packer held a series of progressively responsible executive positions at MGM for eight years culminating in his role as Co-President of MGM’s worldwide television operation. He helped MGM establish itself as a leader in forging innovative relationships with top digital partners, launching one of the first major studio films on YouTube and partnering with Apple on the James Bond franchise to help Apple launch HD for films. Before joining MGM, Mr. Packer was an executive with The Walt Disney Company, where he spent fifteen years working in Buena Vista’s domestic television distribution business, ultimately managing the distribution and syndication of Disney content in more than half of the U.S. A graduate of the University of Colorado, Mr. Packer serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Colorado Federation and the Board of Directors of the Leeds School of Business. He was also the recipient of Broadcasting & Cable’s Digital Leader Award in September 2013, recognizing his achievements in content, entertainment and technology.