Lionsgate CEO and co-chairman Jon Feltheimer has been chosen as the Mipcom 2010 Personality of the Year.

He will also deliver the convention’s keynote on Oct 5, as part of MIPCOM’s Media Mastermind presentations. He will be honoured at a gala dinner that evening.

“MIPCOM is saluting Jon Feltheimer’s distinguished 25-year career of leadership at independent studios Lionsgate and New World, as well as major studio Sony Pictures. We are presenting the 2010 Personality of the Year Award to Mr. Feltheimer for his achievements at Lionsgate in creating global hit TV programming, including Mad Men, which appeals to audiences worldwide,” says Reed MIDEM Chief Executive Officer Paul Zilk. “Throughout his career, Jon Feltheimer has been a leading visionary and architect of the TV and film industry, and MIPCOM is delighted to honour him this year.” 

Feltheimer, who has been CEO of Lionsgate since March 2000, added: “I am honoured to receive this award from MIPCOM and to be recognised in the company of so many of the pillars of the global entertainment community,” said Feltheimer. “We at Lionsgate remain committed to joining the rest of our community in harnessing new business models, new technologies and new markets to bring the work of our creative visionaries to a global audience.” 

MIPCOM runs Oct 4-8 in Cannes.