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July 13, 2006 | Lorenza Munoz, Times Staff Writer
Continuing its acquisition streak, Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. announced Wednesday that it had bought one of the industry's few remaining independent television distributors. Debmar-Mercury, which owns the distribution rights to Lions Gate's TV series "The Dead Zone," Comedy Central's animated sitcom "South Park" and the Sci-Fi channel's "Farscape," will serve as the in-house distributor for Lions Gate's television product.
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BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
September 18, 2010 | By Ben Fritz and Claudia Eller, Los Angeles Times
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.
BUSINESS
March 22, 2000 | SALLIE HOFMEISTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jon Feltheimer has been named vice chairman and chief executive of Lions Gate Entertainment, the Vancouver, Canada-based entertainment company and distributor of independent films such as "Dogma" and the upcoming "American Psycho." Feltheimer, who until last year was president of Sony Pictures Entertainment's television group, became a director of Lions Gate in January, after spearheading a $33-million round of financing for the company.
BUSINESS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2005 | Elaine Dutka, Times Staff Writer
In the DVD world, "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" was a hot property. The $5.4-million film, the first adaptation of a Tyler Perry play, opened Feb. 25 and grossed $21.8 million its opening weekend. And suddenly its after-theatrical life was of keen interest. The home entertainment divisions of both Twentieth Century Fox and Lions Gate Entertainment were the prime contenders for rights to all of Perry's plays. Lions Gate, which distributed the movie, came out on top.
BUSINESS
June 2, 2009 | Joe Flint
Despite a strong quarter at the box office thanks to Tyler Perry's "Madea Goes to Jail," "My Bloody Valentine" and "The Haunting in Connecticut," Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. recorded a loss of $28.6 million, or 25 cents a share, on revenue of $463.2 million, compared with a profit of $29.8 million in the year-earlier period. Lions Gate stock fell 5%, to $5.96 in after-hours trading Monday after closing at $6.26, up 6 cents.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
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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