Jon Feltheimer, Co-Chairman and CEO of Lionsgate, is MIPCOM ‘s 2010 Personality of the Year. The Cannes event is recognising Feltheimer “for his leadership at the helm of Lionsgate and for driving creative productions and developing award-winning TV programs”. These include the recently successful “Mad Men”. Feltheimer will be honoured on 5 October during the annual MIPCOM Gala Dinner. On October 5, Mr. Feltheimer will also share his vision of the future of the entertainment industry with MIPCOM delegates during a keynote address as part of MIPCOM’s Media Mastermind series of presentations.
“I am honoured to receive this award from MIPCOM and to be recognised in the company of so many of the pillars of the global entertainment community,” said Feltheimer. “We at Lionsgate remain committed to joining the rest of our community in harnessing new business models, new technologies and new markets to bring the work of our creative visionaries to a global audience.”
Jon Feltheimer has served as Chief Executive Officer of Lionsgate since March 2000. He previously served for nine years at Sony Pictures as head of the Columbia TriStar Television Group, head of Sony Entertainment Television and executive Vice President of SPE, leading the television group’s evolution into an international powerhouse that launched or partnered in nearly 30 branded channels, regional networks and co-production ventures around the world. While at Sony, Feltheimer’s strong creative talent relationships helped lead to such hits as “Mad About You,” “The Nanny,” “Dawson’s Creek,” “Party of Five” and “King Of Queens“. He previously was President of New World Entertainment.
Feltheimer joins an elite list of previous recipients that includes CNN founder Ted Turner, Viacom Chairman Sumner Redstone, CBS President and Chief Executive Officer Leslie Moonves, former Time Warner Chief Executive Officer Richard Parsons, MTV Networks Chairman and CEO Tom Freston, former News Corporation President and COO Peter Chernin, Gustavo Cisneros, Chairman and CEO of the Cisneros Group, Gerhard Zeiler, CEO of RTL Group and Canal Plus founder André Rousselet.