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November 29, 2011 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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October 11, 2002 | JON HEALEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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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.
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June 24, 2010 | By Claudia Eller and Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Lions Gate Entertainment, the embattled studio under siege from dissident investor Carl Icahn, has been holding merger discussions with the management of beleaguered Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, according to people close to the situation. The talks, if successful, could result in a powerful independent studio with a library of thousands of movies and television shows that would be run by Lions Gate's management team. People with knowledge of the discussions said that Lions Gate Chief Executive Jon Feltheimer and Vice Chairman Michael Burns were pursuing a merger with MGM to fend off a takeover attempt by Icahn, who has accumulated nearly one-third of Lion Gate's stock and has threatened to wage a proxy war to gain control.
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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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