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Lionsgate Announces New General Counsel

By William Vogeler, Esq. on June 06, 2018 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

After 20 years at Sony Pictures, Corii Berg is going to Lionsgate as its new general counsel.

Berg had been a senior executive for Sony, but will become senior legal and business affairs executive at Lionsgate. The company said he will fill a position that has been vacant for a while.

It's also a new legal order of things at Lionsgate, which saw its last general counsel move to a subsidiary earlier this year.

"Forward-Looking Strategist"

Lionsgate said Berg will assume his new post on June 11. He will be involved in "all M&A activities, strategic investments and partnerships, initiatives related to the capital structure and corporate financing," as well as the continued growth of the company's content-platforms.

"Corii is an experienced, forward-looking strategist who brings to Lionsgate a wealth of major studio legal experience, deep knowledge of the television space, and a strong track record helping launch new content platforms worldwide," the company said in a statement.

Berg had headed legal operations at Sony's digital entertainment division from 2000 to 2004, when he became deputy general counsel for corporate and distribution. After working in that capacity, he served the last nine years as head of worldwide business affairs for Sony television.

His hiring comes a week after Lionsgate acquired a majority stake in 3 Arts Entertainment for an undisclosed amount. Lionsgate also reshuffled its legal department earlier this year as it sorted out another acquisition.

Moving Forward

Lionsgate purchased Starz, Inc. in late 2016 for $4.1 billion. In January, the company sent executive and general counsel Audrey Lee to take over as general counsel at the subsidiary.

Like Berg, Lee had previously worked at Sony where she was senior vice president of legal affairs.

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