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Lionsgate Television Group Promotes Laura Kennedy to COO

Laura Kennedy has been promoted to COO of the Lionsgate Television Group.

In her new post, Kennedy will head up operations, strategy and planning for one of the largest independent TV businesses in the industry. Lionsgate has nearly 90 shows on 40 different networks, including Orange Is the New Black (Netflix), Nashville (CMT) and Greenleaf (OWN).

Kennedy will also continue to direct M&A activity related to television operations. In her previous position as executive vice president of television operations and corporate development, she was one of the deal makers involved in Lionsgate’s $4.4 billion acquisition of premium network Starz.

“Laura has been instrumental in helping us rapidly grow and diversify our television business,” said Kevin Beggs, chairman of the Lionsgate Television Group. “She has a great understanding of where the industry is headed, coupled with the ability to plan the acquisitions and internal growth that will enable us to execute our strategic vision.”

Kennedy will report to Beggs.