MGM Television Names VP of Business & Legal Affairs for Scripted Team


LOS ANGELES: Former Endemol Shine North America exec Michael Minden has joined MGM Television as executive VP of business and legal affairs for scripted television.

In this role, Minden will oversee the business and legal affairs for MGM Television’s scripted projects, including development and production deals across scripted television. He will also negotiate network, cable, digital and talent agreements. Minden will report directly to Brian Edwards, the executive VP of MGM’s television operations, and also to Chief Legal Officer Lesley Freeman when she joins the company in July.

Minden most recently served as the senior VP of business affairs and the head of entertainment legal at Endemol Shine North America and Shine America. He also spent nearly a decade in business and legal affairs across various Viacom platforms.

Edwards said: “We’re excited to have Mike join MGM’s scripted television team. He’s built great relationships throughout his career and brings wide, valuable experience to the company.”

Minden added: “This couldn’t be a more exciting time to come aboard MGM Television with so many incredible projects in the pipeline. I’m energized by the opportunity to work alongside this dynamic team.”

As part of the transition, Laura Black Dawson will be moving on from MGM. “Laura has done a terrific job at MGM and we wish her all the best for the future,” said Edwards.

Shelley Reid, the executive VP of business and legal affairs for MGM Television, will continue on in her role, reporting to Minden.