David Spitz Promoted to Executive Vice President & General Sales Manager, Theatrical Domestic Distribution, for Lionsgate



    
    17-Year Industry Veteran Assumes Expanded Role as Lionsgate Continues to
    Grow Its Motion Picture Distribution Pipeline
    

    SANTA MONICA, Calif. and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, April 19 /CNW/ --
David Spitz, an 11-year veteran of Lionsgate (NYSE:   LGF) and its predecessor
companies, has been named Executive Vice President & General Sales Manager of
Theatrical Domestic Distribution for the Company as the leading independent
filmed entertainment studio continues to grow its annual portfolio of motion
picture releases, it was announced today by Lionsgate Theatrical Films
President Tom Ortenberg and Lionsgate Theatrical Distribution President Steve
Rothenberg, to whom he reports.
    
    (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20070419/LATH037 )
    
    Spitz, part of the motion picture management team responsible for the
successful distribution of recent box office hits such as SAW III, CRANK,
EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH and THE DESCENT, will continue to work closely with
Rothenberg and Ortenberg on selection of release dates, strategic release
patterns and oversight of national settlements and collections for Lionsgate's
theatrical slate, which has recently grown to 18-20 feature films annually,
including approximately 15 wide releases a year.  Spitz will also continue to
work closely with Lionsgate's marketing team in planning and executing
integrated marketing and distribution strategies.
    "David is a savvy executive who has played a key role in our continued
disciplined growth and the selection of release dates and patterns that have
maximized the potential of our feature film releases," said Ortenberg and
Rothenberg.  "As our slate continues to grow, his distribution expertise and
knowledge of the competitive landscape will become even more important in
ensuring that we remain agile, opportunistic and maximize the upside of every
one of our films."
    During his tenure with Lionsgate and its predecessors, Spitz has made
important contributions to the successful distribution of such hits as the SAW
franchise, the most successful horror franchise in history whose first three
installments have grossed more than $400 million in worldwide box office, the
Tyler Perry franchise (DIARY OF A MAD BLACK WOMAN, MADEA'S FAMILY REUNION,
DADDY'S LITTLE GIRLS), the 2006 Best Picture Academy Award (R) winner CRASH,
HOSTEL, FAHRENHEIT 9/11, OPEN WATER, THE PUNISHER (TM), CRANK, EMPLOYEE OF THE
MONTH and the independent blockbuster phenomenon THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT.
    Lionsgate's upcoming theatrical slate includes THE CONDEMNED, starring
Stone Cold Steve Austin, HOSTEL 2, GOOD LUCK, CHUCK, teaming Jessica Alba and
Dane Cook, WAR, starring international action stars Jet Li and Jason Statham,
3:10 TO YUMA, starring Russell Crowe, SAW 4, THE EYE, starring Jessica Alba,
RAMBO 4, starring Sylvester Stallone, and FORBIDDEN KINGDOM, pairing Jet Li
and Jackie Chan.
    Spitz began his entertainment industry career as a film buyer for Mann
Theaters, became regional branch manager for MGM Distribution and then held a
series of progressively responsible executive positions for LIVE
Entertainment, Artisan Entertainment and Lionsgate following its December 2003
acquisition of Artisan.  Prior to his promotion, Spitz served for five years
as Senior Vice President of Domestic Distribution for Lionsgate and its
predecessor companies.

    Lionsgate is the leading independent filmed entertainment studio, winning
the 2006 Best Picture Academy Award (R) for CRASH, and the Company is a
premier producer and distributor of motion pictures, television programming,
home entertainment, family entertainment and video-on-demand content.  Its
prestigious and prolific library of more than 10,000 titles is a valuable
source of recurring revenue and a foundation for the growth of the Company's
core businesses.  The Lionsgate brand is synonymous with original, daring,
quality entertainment in markets around the globe.

    www.lionsgate.com

    
    For further information, contact:
    Peter D. Wilkes
    Lionsgate
    310-255-3726
    pwilkes@lionsgate.com

    




For further information:

For further information: Peter D. Wilkes of Lionsgate, +1-310-255-3726, 
pwilkes@lionsgate.com Web Site: http://www.lionsgate.com


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