Michael Burns Vice Chairman
Since becoming Vice Chairman of Lionsgate in March 2000, Mr. Burns has played an integral role in building the Company into a multibillion dollar global content leader with a reputation for innovation and disruption. Lionsgate’s revenue has increased 15 times over since 2000.
The Company’s diversified portfolio of businesses features a film slate that has generated an average of nearly $2 billion at the global box office each of the past four years and a vibrant television business that encompasses nearly 80 shows on 40 different networks. Lionsgate’s television roster includes the critically-acclaimed hit series Orange is the New Black, the fan favorite Nashville, the multiple Emmy Award-winning drama Mad Men, the hitdrama The Royals and the GoldenGlobe-nominated dramedy Casual.
In addition to his leadership of Lionsgate’s corporate management team, Mr. Burns has played a key role in the acquisition, production, and distribution of some of Lionsgate’s most successful films, including the Academy Award®-winning Best Picture Crash, the Academy Award®-winning Monster’s Ball and the Oscar-nominated Precious.
Mr. Burns served for nine years as managing director and head of Prudential Securities’ Los Angeles investment banking office and nine years at Shearson/American Express (now Morgan Stanley) in New York and Los Angeles.
He has been featured in major media outlets from CNBC to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and he is acontributing writer for the Huffington Post and Newsmax. Mr. Burns graduated with a B.S. from Arizona State University and received his M.B.A. from the John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA where he serves on the distinguished Board of Visitors. He joined the Hasbro Board of Directors in December 2014.