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November 8, 2008 | Claudia Eller, Eller is a Times staff writer.
As the economic downturn continues to sweep across Hollywood, Lions Gate Entertainment is eliminating 41 positions, slashing more than 7% of the 550-strong workforce at its Santa Monica-based independent movie and television studio. Seventeen employees were handed pink slips Friday morning across all divisions of the production and distribution company, including motion pictures, television, home entertainment, business affairs, finance and legal.
July 10, 2010 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Lions Gate Entertainment and Carl Icahn are hitting the pause button on their battle for control of the movie and television production company. They will spend the next 10 days searching for common ground on potential mergers and acquisitions, according to a letter sent to Icahn by Lions Gate Vice Chairman Michael Burns on Friday.
January 13, 2012 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
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.
May 27, 2006 | Lorenza Munoz, Times Staff Writer
Could Hollywood's last remaining independent studio become billionaire investor Carl Icahn's next prey? The veteran corporate raider has accumulated a stake of nearly 4% in Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., the company behind the Oscar-winning film "Crash" and the horror franchise "Saw." Icahn has built an $8-billion fortune buying shares of underperforming companies such as Blockbuster Inc. and TWA and pressuring them to sell off assets or cut costs to lift share prices.
August 10, 2005 | From a Times Staff Writer
Two weeks after announcing disappointing financial results, Beckman Coulter Inc. reversed course by revising its second-quarter profit upward to reflect a lower tax rate. The Fullerton maker of medical testing equipment said net income for the quarter was $55.2 million, up from the $47.7 million it initially reported. The higher figure stems from a second-quarter tax rate of 14.6%, not the 26.2% rate the company reported in July.
May 18, 2010 | By Claudia Eller and Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Lions Gate Entertainment and activist investor Carl Icahn have begun settlement talks to end their long-running fight for control of the company. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday, the Santa Monica movie and TV studio acknowledged for the first time that it is in discussions with Icahn and may soon begin formal negotiations. Icahn has put a specific proposal on the table, which will be considered by a special committee of the Lions Gate board of directors, people familiar with the matter said.
May 8, 2010 | Ben Fritz
Lions Gate Entertainment's plan to poison Carl Icahn's attempted hostile takeover of the Santa Monica film and television studio has been given the death knell by a Canadian court. The British Columbia Court of Appeal on Friday dismissed Lions Gate's attempt to reinstate a "poison pill" that would have prevented activist investor Icahn from acquiring the company, best known for Tyler Perry films and the cable series "Mad Men." The poison pill was annulled by a provincial regulatory body two weeks ago. Although it's headquartered in Santa Monica, Lions Gate is legally domiciled in Vancouver, giving authorities there jurisdiction.
July 20, 2010 | By Ben Fritz and Claudia Eller
Peace didn't last long. Activist investor Carl Icahn has launched a new hostile takeover offer for film and television studio Lions Gate Entertainment at $6.50 per share, ending a 10-day détente in which the two sides ceased hostilities to discuss merger and acquisition opportunities for the company. Icahn is already Santa Monica-based Lions Gate's largest stockholder, with 38% of the company, due to shares accumulated in a previous $7-per-share tender, which expired June 30. His new offer positions him to potentially seize control of the company, which has seen its stock price drop to close to $6 since Icahn's bid expired.
To the world's largest entertainment companies, the controversial Kazaa file-sharing network is Public Enemy No. 1--a wildly popular source of free, downloadable music and movies. But to Lions Gate Entertainment, an independent film studio based in Marina del Rey, Kazaa is the means to a more profitable end. Breaking ranks with mainstream Hollywood, the company is using Kazaa to promote its big fall film through the Internet--with the financial help of Microsoft Corp.
January 14, 2010 | By Ben Fritz
Lions Gate Entertainment has taken a lead in the bidding for "Terminator," but competition for rights to the 26-year-old science fiction franchise is likely to heat up in the next month. In a federal Bankruptcy Court filing Wednesday, Halcyon Group, the independent production company owned by Derek Anderson and Victor Kubicek, asked a judge to approve naming Lions Gate as "stalking horse" bidder for the "Terminator" rights. The two producers put the film rights up for sale in September to raise cash as they work their way out of Chapter 11 reorganization.
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