2019 Annual Gala
9876 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Join us for our 27th annual gala dinner on March 4, 2019, at the Beverly Hilton. Our largest fundraising event of the year will honor Kevin Beggs, Chairman of Lionsgate Television; the National Champions for Children Award will be given to Mitch Kaplan.
About the Honorees:
Kevin Beggs is Chairman of the Lionsgate Television Group, overseeing development and production of all scripted and non-scripted programming. A 20-year veteran of Lionsgate and a member of its corporate senior management team, he has spearheaded the strategic expansion of television production operations into one of the largest independent television businesses in the world. He is also a key executive overseeing the company’s partnership with CBS in Pop.
Since joining Lionsgate in 1998, Mr. Beggs has guided the Television Group’s growth into a leading supplier of premium content for streaming, cable and broadcast networks. Lionsgate’s roster of nearly 70 shows on 25 different networks includes Orange is the New Black (Netflix); Step Up: High Water (YouTube Premium), The Wendy Williams Show; Greenleaf (OWN); Dear White People (Netflix) and Kevin Hart: What the Fit (YouTube). He has also been responsible for Mad Men, eight seasons of Weeds, seven seasons of Nurse Jackie and six seasons of USA’s Dead Zone. The company’s development and production slate includes a Lionsgate/Liberty Global coproduction, The Rook; the John Wick TV spinoff, The Continental, for Starz; a series from the creators of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia for Apple; The Kingkiller Chronicle for Showtime, and Grant, a docuseries for the History Channel, executive produced by Academy® Award winner Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way.
Mr. Beggs is the recipient of Operation Smile’s John Connor Humanitarian Award, The Help Group’s Teddy Bear Humanitarian Award, and the Broadcasting & Cable 2014 Innovation Award. In October 2017, he was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. Mr. Beggs has served on the board and executive committees of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the Los Angeles Paley Center for Media and the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE), serving as its chairman for four years.
Mitch Kaplan has been passionately involved with political and social causes since he attended New York University where he was the publisher of the university newspaper. He graduated from the NYU School of Commerce with a degree in Economics and Management. Mitch also served in the U.S. Air Force and the New York Air National Guard.
After starting his career in the William Morris Agency mailroom, Mitch partnered with his fellow mailroom “classmate” Elliot Stahler in 1981 to start the Kaplan Stahler Agency.
The Kaplan Stahler Agency represents writers, directors and producers. Among its most notable clients were the creators of the 5-time EmmyAward winning show FRASIER, as well as the executive producers/producers of NCIS, Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy, King of the Hill, Family Guy, Murphy Brown, Cheers and Seinfeld.
Mitch has been a devoted board member of the Alliance for Children’s Rights for decades. In addition, he has served on the board of The National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare; the Board of Governors of Cedars-Sinai; the board of the ACLU Foundation of So. California under Ramona Ripston, and as a Trustee Emeritus of the Jewish Community Foundation. He is also active with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières and has been involved in national politics, supporting Congressman Adam Schiff, among others.
Mitch, who is an avid tennis player, and his business partner Elliot and their agency have sponsored and underwritten Tennis for Tots The David & Lynn Angell Memorial benefitting The Alliance for Children’s Rights for 20 years.
Mitch and his sweetheart, Marilyn Jones, have been married 35 years and live in the Hollywood Hills.
Toni M. Schulman