Gerald Ament

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Gerald Ament "serves as the Executive Vice President of Worldwide Television Business and Legal Affairs for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM). Named to the post in September 2006, Mr. Ament brings to the studio a wide breadth of entertainment experience.

"In his current role, Mr. Ament oversees various aspects of business and legal affairs activities for MGM's reinvigorated worldwide television distribution operation. Prior to his appointment, he was an executive at SBS Broadcasting S.A., one of Europe's largest broadcast groups, operating commercial television, premium pay channels, radio stations and related print businesses in Western and Central and Eastern Europe. Mr. Ament joined SBS in 2000 as Senior Vice President, Business and Corporate Affairs. At SBS, Mr. Ament oversaw the business affairs and production activities for each of the stations and negotiated all significant acquisition deals for the SBS stations with the major studios in the U.S. Mr. Ament was integral iin the acquisition of rights for SBS and the subsequent production of such major international formats as "Big Brother", "Millionaire", "Weakest Link", "Survivor", "Apprentice", "Temptation Island", "Popstars", "The Bachelor", "Joe Millionaire" and many others.

"From 1993 to 2000, Mr. Ament served as a consultant to numerous television production companies including Spelling Television, Inc., New World Entertainment, American Specialty Underwriters, Inc., New Line Television, and SBS as well as serving as the Executive in Charge of Production for Spelling Television's daily serial, "Sunset Beach".

"Prior to this, for ten years, Mr. Ament worked for New World Pictures in various capacities. He originally joined the company as Senior Vice President of Business Affairs and Production in 1983. Upon New World's purchase of the NBC series "Santa Barbara" in 1985, Mr. Ament became the company's Executive in Charge of Production for that series, a position which made him responsible for all business and production matters relating to the series while simultaneously maintaining his executive position as SVP of Business Affairs and Production at New World. When New World purchased Marvel Comics in 1987, Mr. Ament was promoted to Chief Operating Officer of Marvel Productions and Executive Vice President of New Pictures while retaining his position as Executive in Charge of Production of "Santa Barbara." With his departure from New World in 1989, he was engaged by the company to continue his services as Executive in Charge of Production until the series was cancelled in 1993.

"Mr. Ament has a long business association with MGM chairman Harry E. Sloan. Prior to his tenure at New World, Mr. Ament teamed with Mr. Sloan to form the law firm of Sloan, Kuppin and Ament, where, as a partner, he specialized in business matters relating to television production including primetime series, daytime serials and Movies of the Week. Prior to his partnership in Sloan, Kuppin and Ament, Mr. Ament held executive positions in business affairs at the William Morris Agency and at NBC. He began his entertainment career at the New York law firm of Katz, Leavy, Rosensweig and Sindle. Mr. Ament is a graduate of Boston University School of Law." [1]

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  1. Gerald Ament, MGM, accessed November 17, 2010.