Jon Feltheimer
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Feltheimer dodged the effects of the coronavirus for most of 2020, with Lionsgate bouncing back after an initial post-shutdown dip in its stock price. Premium cabler Starz (acquired for $4.4 billion in 2016) had success with original series such as “Outlander,” “P-Valley” and “Hightown,” while its direct-to-consumer division performed well, with Starz and Pantaya topping 11 million OTT subscribers. Plus, Lionsgate Television received season renewals for all five of its newest series at their respective networks and platforms. But in November, the downturn from the pandemic caught up with the studio, forcing Feltheimer to lay off 15% of the approximately 450 employees in its motion picture group. Feltheimer signed a new employment agreement in August that added three months to his contract going into 2023, with options to extend into 2024 or 2025.


  • New World Pictures
  • Lionsgate
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment


  • Washington University in Saint Louis (MO, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
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Lionsgate Extends CEO Jon Feltheimer's Contract

Lionsgate Extends CEO Jon Feltheimer's Contract

Lionsgate has extended the contract of longtime chief executive officer Jon Feltheimer three months, now expiring on Aug. 21, 2023, with options to push it into 2024 or 2025.Feltheimer has been CEO of the entertainment conglomerate since 2000, teaming with vice chairman Michael Burns during the subsequent two decades. He will turn 69 in September.His contract was previously set to expire on May 22, 2023. It can now be extended to either Aug. 21, 2024 or Aug. 21, 2025. The company...


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