As Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM), Lesley Freeman is a key member of the team responsible for spearheading MGM’s significant corporate and financial transactions, including the studio’s full acquisition of the premium pay television network EPIX; the closing of MGM corporate credit facilities totaling $2.6 billion; the expansion of MGM’s television division with the acquisitions of Evolution Media and Big Fish Entertainment, two of today's most innovative producers of unscripted television content; the relaunch of Orion Pictures, the well-known motion picture label established in the early 1980s that is now focused exclusively on underrepresented voices and inclusive storytelling in film; MGM’s return to U.S. theatrical distribution through United Artists Releasing, a joint venture with Annapurna Pictures; and the relaunch of the American International Pictures (AIP) label. Freeman also oversees all business and legal affairs divisions company-wide, including theatrical, scripted television, alternative television, music, distribution, marketing, EPIX and LightWorkers and oversees all corporate legal matters and departments including litigation, intellectual property, privacy, technology, labor relations and library rights management.
Prior to joining MGM, Freeman spent nearly ten years at Home Box Office, Inc. as Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs where she was responsible for the oversight of all legal matters in the areas of film programming, home entertainment/digital program distribution and domestic joint venture/strategic investments and M&A. Freeman previously served as Senior Counsel in the entertainment, sports and media department at O’Melveny & Myers LLP in Los Angeles, where she represented major studios, independent production companies, television networks and financial institutions in the entertainment industry.
Freeman began her legal career as a commercial finance and real estate associate at Goldberg, Kohn, Bell, Black, Rosenbloom & Moritz, Ltd. in Chicago. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University and a J.D. from UCLA School of Law.