Lionsgate has named 14-year Sony Pictures veteran Audrey Lee as executive VP and deputy general counsel.
The hiring was announced by Wayne Levin, chief strategic officer and general counsel. Lee will report to Levin.
Lee will work closely with Levin on mergers and acquisitions activities along with overseeing legal issues for Lionsgate’s SVOD channels and digital initiatives, location-based entertainment, and marketing and promotions.
“Audrey’s corporate legal experience at the major studio level and fluency with intellectual property matters and content distribution worldwide make her a tremendous asset to the Lionsgate team,” said Levin. “As we continue to expand our global footprint, her relationships and expertise will help facilitate our growth and evolution.”
Lee is joining Lionsgate five weeks after the studio disclosed that it was restarting talks to acquire Starz a year after making an investment in the premium cable network. The studio is opening the “The Divergent Series: Allegiant,” the third film in Shailene Woodley’s franchise, on Friday.
Lee has been senior VP of legal affairs at Sony Pictures, where she managed a department and oversaw all legal work relating to home entertainment and television distribution both domestically and in select international markets. Prior to that, she was associate general counsel at idealab!, where she served as a strategic adviser to more than 15 operating companies in all aspects of their corporate and legal undertakings.