Michael Burns
United States



Vice Chairman

Burns leveraged his background in finance into a leadership role alongside CEO Jon Feltheimer in building Lionsgate into a global content player. He spent nearly 20 years in investment banking with Prudential Securities and Shearson/American Express before joining Lionsgate as vice chairman in 2000. Known as a savvy and tenacious dealmaker, Burns helped orchestrate the studio’s numerous acquisitions, including its $412.5 million buyout of Summit Entertainment in 2012 and $4.4 billion purchase of pay-TV group Starz in 2016. Recently, Lionsgate took a majority stake in 3 Arts Entertainment. He was also instrumental in acquiring and distributing Oscar winners “Crash,” “Monster’s Ball” and “Precious.” Earlier, he helped launch digital startups Hollywood Stock Exchange and Novica.


  • Lionsgate
  • Prudential Securities
  • Shearson/American Express


  • Arizona State University (AZ, USA)
  • University of California–Los Angeles (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
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Lionsgate Extends Vice Chairman Michael Burns' Contract to 2022

Lionsgate Extends Vice Chairman Michael Burns' Contract to 2022

In a major vote of confidence, Lionsgate's board has extended Vice Chairman Michael Burns' contract to 2022 -- two weeks after giving CEO Jon Feltheimer a similar renewal to 2023.The studio, which is due to close its $4.4 billion acquisition of Starz by the end of the year, made the disclosure in an 8K regulatory filing on Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Burns, 57, and Feltheimer, 65, have run Lionsgate for 16 years.Burns' previous contract would have expired on...


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