Lions Gate reups Beggs

Exec continues to o'see dev't, prod'n of TV projects

NEW YORK — Lions Gate TV topper Kevin Beggs has reupped, inking a multi-year deal to stay on as programming/production president of the studio.

Beggs, who reports to LGE CEO Jon Feltheimer, will continue to oversee the development and production of projects for broadcast and cable including the USA sci-fi series “The Dead Zone,” which launches its third season in June, and the recently renewed Lifetime drama “Missing” (formerly “1-800-Missing”).

In addition, with the company’s recent acquisition of Artisan Entertainment, Beggs will be charged with mining the Artisan library, which includes numerous franchise properties.

“Kevin is one of the industry’s rising superstars,” Feltheimer said. “In a challenging operating environment, he’s had great success in pursuing the kind of distinctive, high-quality programming that is Lions Gate’s trademark.”

Lions Gate’s upcoming projects include the USA limited series pilot “Confidence”; the Britney Spears-exec-produced original movie “Brave New Girl” for ABC Family; the Sci Fi mini “5 Days to Midnight”; USA’s summer skein “Frankenstein”; and several telepics at Lifetime.

Beggs joined Lions Gate in 1998 and was upped from exec VP of domestic television to prexy in 2002.

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