Sandra Stern, a key member of Lionsgate’s senior management team for nearly 14 years, was promoted to President of the Lionsgate Television Group last year and has helped guide the Company’s television business to its third straight year of record-breaking performance. Lionsgate’s television roster has tripled in size over the past three years, expanding to encompass nearly 80 series on 40 different networks.
One of the industry’s consummate deal-makers, Ms. Stern negotiated a three-year renewal for the pioneering Orange is the New Black, Netflix’s most watched series, along with renewals of The Royals, the Golden Globe-nominated Casual and the breakout series Greenleaf, which recently set a ratings record for OWN. She also spearheaded a ground-breaking, unique and complex deal that facilitated fan favorite Nashville’s successful transition to CMT and Hulu by accommodating the diverse needs of both a cable network and streaming partner.
She pioneered the deal structure that paved the way for Step Up, the adaptation of Lionsgate’s hit feature film franchise, to become the first original series for YouTube Red, and innovated the business model for Graves, the first original series on the multiplatform Epix channel.
At the corporate level, Ms. Stern was instrumental in the Company’s November 2015 majority investment in leading reality producer Pilgrim Media Group and its June 2016 acquisition of Starz, the largest and most transformative deal in Lionsgate’s history.
Ms. Stern is active in a broad range of community and philanthropic initiatives. She is a founding member of UCLA Law School’s Women’s LEAD program and serves on the Boards of the UCLA School of Law Ziffren Center, the Saban Clinic, Women in Film and the Center Theatre Group. She is also prominent in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles, which honored her with its Excellence in Mentoring Award last year.