Packer Named President of MGM Worldwide TV Distribution

Sep 11, 2006  •  Post A Comment

In a restructure of its global distribution operations, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. has promoted Jim Packer to president of the company’s Worldwide Television Distribution Group.

In his new position Mr. Packer remains in charge of television distribution worldwide, including U.S. barter sales and syndication, as well as all emerging forms of television programming distribution on a worldwide basis. He will report to Rick Sands, MGM’s chief operating officer.

Mr. Packer, who joined MGM in 2001, initially served as executive VP of domestic TV. He was promoted to executive VP of MGM’s Worldwide Television Distribution unit in April 2005. Mr. Packer will continue to be based at the studio’s headquarters in Los Angeles. Before joining MGM, he was an executive with The Walt Disney Co., where he spent 15 years working at Disney’s syndication arm, Buena Vista Domestic Television Distribution.

The MGM Worldwide Television Distribution Group handles distribution of more than 4,000 movie titles and 10,000 television episodes that make up the MGM library. Television properties featured in the MGM catalog include “Stargate SG-1” and “The L Word.”

MGM has also announced key promotions within the group. Joe Patrick has been promoted to executive VP for North America. He previously served as senior VP for the studio and is based in Los Angeles. Mary Ann Pasante, who has been the VP of Latin America sales, has also been promoted to senior VP of Latin America sales and will continue to be based in Atlanta.