OMAHA – The man at the helm of the Lionsgate Television Group, which produced the hit shows “Mad Men,” “Orange is the New Black,” and “Nurse Jackie,” among others, will present a free public lecture at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).
Kevin Beggs, chairman of the Lionsgate Television Group, will speak on Monday, Nov. 14 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Mammel Hall (6708 Pine Street) on UNO’s Scott Campus. Guests will not need a permit to park in the Mammel Hall lot during this time.
The lecture is titled, “The Past, Present, and Future of American Television.”
Beggs joined Lionsgate in 1998. He has guided the Lionsgate Television Group’s growth from $8 million in revenue in 2000 to nearly $1 billion anticipated this year. Responsible for nearly 80 shows on 40 different U.S. networks, the Lionsgate Television Group produces content for cable, broadcast, and streaming platforms. The company has earned 187 Emmy nominations and 29 Emmy wins.
UNO School of the Arts Director Jack Zerbe arranged the visit. He met Beggs more than 25 years ago as a faculty member at the University of California, Santa Cruz, while acting in Beggs’ undergraduate directing thesis. The two reconnected in the last decade, and have kept in touch since.
“Kevin’s depth and breadth of experience in the television industry uniquely qualifies him to contemplate current and future trends,” Zerbe said. “He is a thoughtful and personable speaker. I really hope our students and community members will take advantage of this special opportunity.”
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