Christopher D. Brearton
Christopher Brearton joined Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) as chief operating officer in February 2018. Known throughout the entertainment industry as an executive with great drive and creativity, he now oversees MGM’s global business operations as well as the legendary studio’s business development and strategic growth initiatives.
Brearton comes to MGM from entertainment law firm Latham & Watkins, where he was the managing partner of the firm's Century City office. Brearton built an internationally acclaimed entertainment, sports and media practice focused on mergers and acquisitions, strategic joint ventures, complex financing transactions, media rights licensing, and overall business and operational counseling.
For nearly 20 years, Brearton has represented MGM in several critical capacities as a lawyer and counsel to the MGM executive team, including all of MGM’s transformative activities over the last eight years, including: MGM’s acquisition of Mark Burnett’s and Roma Downey’s interests in United Artists Media Group; MGM’s acquisition of EPIX, which added a premier pay television network and distribution platform for MGM’s growing slate of new film and television content and robust library; the recent enhancement of MGM’s debt capital structure to $2.1 billion; and MGM’s joint venture with Annapurna Pictures, through which MGM will once again release its own films under the MGM banner theatrically in the U.S.
Brearton has received many career accolades for his work, such as The Hollywood Reporter’s “Power Players”, Sports Business Journal’s “Elite” list as well as their “Forty Under Forty” award, and as one of Variety’s “Hollywood’s Top Dealmakers” and on their “Game Changing Entertainment Attorneys” list.
He is a member of the board of directors of the LA Sports Council and LA Promise Fund, a nonprofit organization transforming underserved communities by preparing every child in one South Los Angeles neighborhood to graduate from high school. He is also a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
Brearton began his career in 1992 as a certified public accountant with KPMG in Los Angeles, where his first client was MGM.
He received his law degree from the University of Virginia and his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Georgia, where he was also a student athlete on the swim team.