On Monday (June 29) Madison Square Garden Entertainment announced it had named Scott Packman executive vp and general counsel.
Effective July 1, Packman will be tasked with overseeing and directing all of MSG Entertainment’s legal affairs and managing the company’s legal affairs team, including all corporate, commercial, transactional, litigation, regulatory and day-to-day legal matters. He will report to MSG Entertainment executive chairman and CEO Jim Dolan.
Packman comes to MSG Entertainment with over 25 years of legal experience under his belt. Most notably, this includes a 14-year year stint at MGM Holdings/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, where he served in a variety of leadership roles, including 12 years as general counsel and secretary. During his run at the company, which he ended as senior executive vp, he served as a strategic partner to the CEO and board of directors on several key initiatives, including the company’s successful restructuring and investments in domestic and foreign joint ventures.
More recently, Packman worked as senior executive vp, general counsel, chief strategy officer and head of business affairs for the independent TV studio and distributor Sonar Entertainment. He kicked off his career at the New York office of law firm Rogers & Wells before moving to O’Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles.
Packman currently serves on the board of directors of pro bono legal services provider Bet Tzedek in Los Angeles, as well as the board of the National Council of AIPAC and the Advisory Board of Creative Community for Peace.
“We are pleased to welcome Scott to MSG Entertainment, where he brings with him decades of outstanding legal experience, particularly in the entertainment industry,” said Dolan in a statement. “His expertise and insights will be an asset as we continue to grow our Company, including through our state-of-the-art MSG Sphere venues.”
Added Packman, “I am excited to be joining MSG Entertainment and look forward to working with the Company’s senior management team and the entire Legal department to advance the Company’s key legal and business priorities.”
The news of Packman’s hiring follows MSG Entertainment’s announcement earlier this month that Ted King had joined the company as president, creative content and studio productions, which will include overseeing its immersive MSG Sphere venues.