March 22, 2005 |
Lions Gate Family Entertainment has acquired the North American distribution rights to "Foodfight!," the 3-D animated film from Larry Kasanoff's Threshold Animation Studios. Slated for a nationwide fall 2006 release, "Foodfight!" takes place after hours in a supermarket that comes to life as a city of its own.
March 10, 2012 |
Santa Monica-based Lions Gate Entertainment is laying off about 80 people in the wake of its acquisition of Summit Entertainment, a source familiar with the matter said. In a move to bolster its film and TV library and better compete with larger studios, Lions Gate agreed in January to acquire Santa Monica-based Summit Entertainment, producer of the hit young-adult "Twilight" franchise, for $412.5 million in cash and stock. Layoffs at both companies were anticipated as they merged their motion picture and home entertainment operations.
November 11, 2008 |
Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., the biggest independent film studio, reported a narrower fiscal second-quarter loss on gains from home entertainment and TV. The net loss for the period ended Sept. 30 narrowed to $48.1 million, or 41 cents a share, from $58 million, or 49 cents, a year earlier, the producer of the "Saw" movies said. Sales rose 8.2% to $380.7 million, missing the $382-million average of analysts' estimates compiled by Bloomberg.
August 10, 2007 |
Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. is in final discussions to acquire Mandate Pictures, a production and foreign sales company based in Beverly Hills, for more than $40 million. Mandate was one of the producers of such movies as "The Grudge" and the upcoming "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium." It will continue to operate out of its Beverly Hills office selling movie projects to other studios and international rights to foreign territories.
November 10, 2006 |
Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., the independent producer of movies including "Saw III" and "Employee of the Month," reported a quarterly loss that was about the same as a year earlier, as home video revenue slipped. The net loss in the company's fiscal second quarter was $14.4 million, or 14 cents a share, compared with a net loss of $14.1 million, or 14 cents, a year earlier. Revenue advanced to $218.2 million from $211 million.
March 19, 2010 |
One week after Lions Gate Entertainment rejected his holdings in the studio, investor Carl Icahn is launching a hostile takeover bid for the entire company. Icahn is offering $6 a share, which sent Lions Gate shares rising above the offer price in early morning trading. Icahn, who owns nearly 19% of Lions Gate, has been steadily increasing his stake in the studio and recently launched a tender offer to up his stake to nearly 30%. The investor has been angling for more control over Lions Gate, which operates out of Santa Monica under the leadership of chief executive Jon Feltheimer and vice chairman Michael Burns.
January 13, 2012 |
Bringing Hollywood's two biggest independent film studios and the blockbuster young adult franchises "Twilight" and "The Hunger Games" into one powerful entity, Lions Gate Entertainment has agreed to acquire Summit Entertainment for $412.5 million in cash and stock. The two Santa Monica-based companies have engaged in on-and-off merger talks since late 2008 as Lions Gate has sought to bolster its library of film and TV properties and Summit's investors have tried to find a way to cash in on the lightning-in-a-bottle success of its "Twilight" movie series, which has grossed $2.5 billion worldwide over four films.
April 2, 2005 |
Completing a proposed acquisition of the company behind Thomas the Tank Engine, Bob the Builder and Barney may not be child's play. Lions Gate Entertainment, a Canadian company that operates mostly in Santa Monica, is mulling over an unsolicited offer for Britain's Hit Entertainment that could torpedo a deal that a private equity firm previously reached to buy Hit, a source familiar with the matter said Friday.
September 18, 2010 |
Carl Icahn's appetite for Hollywood is growing beyond Lions Gate Entertainment. The activist investor is once again quietly buying up debt in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, people familiar with the situation said. He also has amassed a substantial amount of debt in troubled home-video chain Blockbuster Inc. Icahn had accumulated and then sold debt in MGM earlier this year. In the last few weeks he has acquired what one person close to the situation described as a single-digit percentage in the studio's nearly $4 billion worth of debt.
November 29, 2011 |
Lions Gate Entertainment and Summit Entertainment are back in merger talks that would combine two of Hollywood's largest independent studios, according to people with knowledge of the negotiations who are not authorized to speak publicly. Should a deal be consummated, it would bring together one of the movie industry's most successful young adult franchises, Summit's "Twilight," with one of the most highly anticipated new series, "The Hunger Games," from Lions Gate. The two companies, headquartered around the block from each other in Santa Monica, have held on-and-off merger talks since late 2008 but were unable to resolve key issues of price and management control.