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Brian Edwards

Brian Edwards

President, Television Operations, MGM

Brian is the President of Television Operations at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., (MGM) and formerly the Chief Operating Officer of United Artists Media Group. UAMG was formed in 2014 when Brian conceived and led a transaction to combine and sell the entertainment assets of Mark Burnett, Roma Downey, their LightWorkers Media brand, and One Three Media (Burnett's partnership with HearstCorporation). MGM acquired 55% of the combined entity, which was launched as UAMG. That entity was later merged into MGM to form whatis now MGM Television & Digital.

MGM Television is a highly diverse studio which produces content ranging from network scripted and unscripted series to awards shows to digital and branded content. MGM's current hit series include "The Handmaid's Tale" (Hulu), "Survivor" (CBS), "Fargo" (F/X), "The Voice" (NBC), "Vikings" (History), "Shark Tank" (ABC) and many others.

Brian began his career as an attorney at the law firm of Greenberg Glusker in Los Angeles, where he was a partner specializing in entertainment litigation for clients who included Jeffrey Katzenberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Aaron Spelling and George Harrison. He joined DreamWorks SKG in 1999, beginning as head of legal affairs and, after the animation unit was spun off in 2004, continuing as general counsel of the privately-held DreamWorks LLC, reporting to the company's owners Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen. When the studio was sold to Viacom in 2006, Brian became its chief operating officer as well as general counsel. He left in DreamWorks 2007 to form an independently-financed production company, Overnight Productions; Overnight produced feature films that included "The Lucky Ones" (Rachel McAdams, Tim Robbins), "Labor Pains" (Lindsey Lohan), and "13" (Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke).

After Brian joined Burnett in 2009, he led the formation of Burnett's One Three Media joint venture with Hearst, and also led the acquisition of VIMBY, Burnett's digital production arm. Later, Brian worked closely with Burnett and Downey on the acclaimed 2013 mini-series "The Bible" (History), on which he is credited as executive in charge of production.