Kevin Beggs is the President of Lionsgate Television Group, overseeing development and production of all scripted and non-scripted programming for broadcast, cable, and digital platforms worldwide. He has spearheaded the strategic expansion of the company’s television production activities, and with Lionsgate’s acquisition of TV Guide Network and its partnership in the premium entertainment channel Epix, he has become one of the key executives managing Lionsgate’s creative interests in both ventures.
Under Beggs’ leadership, the television division has become a leading supplier of programming, with an impressive slate that includes the critically acclaimed series Nashville, starring Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere, which launched in fall 2012 on ABC; the multiple Emmy and Golden Globe-winning series Mad Men, returning to AMC for its sixth season in April 2012; the hit Charlie Sheen comedy Anger Management, which returned to FX in January 2013 with an unprecedented 90 episode order following its initial 10-episode run; the acclaimed Showtime comedy Nurse Jackie starring Edie Falco, which is currently in production on its fifth season; and Weeds creator Jenji Kohan’s new original drama series Orange Is the New Black for Netflix.
In addition to its scripted series, Lionsgate has always maintained a presence in the high-quality nonfiction business, with a roster of documentaries including Grizzly Man, Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man, The U.S. vs. John Lennon and Streets of South Central. Furthermore, Lionsgate’s recent partnerships with Roy Bank’s Banca Studio and Eli Frankel’s Rogue Atlas Productions have landed series orders for Flea Market Flip on HGTV, The Family Trade on GSN, and Iceberg Hunters on the Weather Channel, as well a number of series in network development.
During his tenure, Lionsgate has produced numerous additional series, including two seasons of the acclaimed Starz drama series Boss, starring Kelsey Grammer; and eight seasons of the hit Showtime comedy Weeds, starring Mary-Louise Parker. Additional productions include the Fox comedy series Running Wilde, starring Will Arnett and Keri Russell; NBC’s suspense and horror anthology series Fear Itself; USA Network’s hit drama series The Dead Zone; ABC Family’s popular drama Wildfire; Spike TV’s original eight-hour drama event The Kill Point, starring Emmy winner John Leguizamo and Donnie Wahlberg; Kevin Williamson’s drama series Hidden Palms on the CW; the Lifetime comedy series Lovespring International; the detective/fantasy series The Dresden Files and the six-hour limited series event The Lost Room, both of which aired on Syfy.
Outside of the office, Beggs holds key leadership roles in several industry organizations and charities including being on the Board and Executive Committees of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the Los Angeles Paley Center for Media, National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE), where he served as Chairman for three years, the board of the Zimmer Children Museum, the Board of the Banff World Media Festival and the Hollywood Radio & Television Society (HRTS), where he served as president for three years, as well as being a board member of the charity My Friend’s Place.
Born in the San Francisco Bay area, Beggs was raised in Marin County, Oakland and later Washington state. In 1989, he graduated with College Honors from UC Santa Cruz where he double-majored in Politics and Theater Arts. Beggs and his wife, Dianna, live in Los Angeles with their two children, Katherine and Breydon.