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Ann Mather named to head MGM board of directors; Jeff Gaspin may join as well

December 23, 2010 | 11:36 am

Ann Mather, former chief financial officer of Pixar Animation Studios, has been named to the board of directors of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the company confirmed Thursday.

The entertainment industry veteran, who is also on the boards of Netflix and Google, had been expected to join the board since late November. Though she will not have the title of chairman, Mather will be "lead director," the company said.

MGM emerged from a bankruptcy restructuring earlier this week and has assembled a new board including co-chief executives Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum, formerly of Spyglass Entertainment; former CBS chief financial officer Fredric Reynolds; and former MySpace co-president Jason Hirschhorn. Representatives of hedge funds and billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who together own much of the new MGM's equity, control three other seats.

Jeff Gaspin, the head of NBC Universal television who will be leaving his post after the company's pending acquisition by Comcast, is in talks to take the ninth and final board seat, people familiar with the matter said.

--Ben Fritz

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