Jason Constantine Promoted to President of Acquisitions and Coproductions for Lionsgate



    
    - Move Reflects Continued Growth of Company's Motion Picture Operations -

    
    SANTA MONICA, Calif., and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, July 15 /CNW/ --
Reflecting the continued growth of Lionsgate's motion picture business,
eight-year Lionsgate veteran Jason Constantine has been promoted to President
of Acquisitions and Coproductions for the Company's Motion Picture Group, it
was announced today by Lionsgate co-Chief Operating Officer and Motion Picture
Group President Joe Drake, to whom he reports. Lionsgate (NYSE:   LGF) is the
leading next generation filmed entertainment studio.
    Constantine will continue to oversee the tracking and acquisition of all
theatrical films for Lionsgate, play an instrumental role in the creative
oversight of prebuy projects in development, production and postproduction,
and manage the day-to-day operations of Lionsgate's acquisition team.
    Constantine has played a key role in the acquisition of such Lionsgate
box office hits and critical successes as the SAW franchise, which has grossed
more than $500 million at the box office worldwide on its way to becoming the
most popular horror franchise in history, Academy Award (R)-winning Best
Picture CRASH, LORD OF WAR, GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING, OPEN WATER, AWAY FROM
HER and THE DESCENT.  Recent acquisitions for the Company's upcoming motion
picture slate include CONAN THE BARBARIAN, a potential action franchise slated
for 2009 release, the action thriller BANGKOK DANGEROUS, starring Nicolas Cage
as a hitman with a score to settle, TRANSPORTER 3, the next installment in the
popular action franchise starring Jason Statham, and the romantic comedy
CHILLED IN MIAMI, starring Renee Zellweger and Harry Connick, Jr.
    "Jason is one of the most talented young executives in Hollywood," said
Drake.  "He has superb creative instincts and an affinity for unique material
which Lionsgate can translate into films that resonate more profoundly with
their target audiences than any other product in the marketplace.  He has a
remarkable understanding of projects that play to our strengths as a brand and
generate uncommonly good movies."
    Prior to his work as an acquisitions executive, Constantine worked in
physical film production on studio and independent feature films.  Before
joining Lionsgate in 2000, he was Director of Acquisitions at Trimark
Pictures.
    
    ABOUT LIONSGATE
    
    Lionsgate is the leading next generation filmed entertainment studio with
a major presence in the production and distribution of motion pictures,
television programming, home entertainment, family entertainment,
video-on-demand and digitally delivered content.  The Company has partnered
with Sony Corporation and Comcast in the operation of the highly successful
FEARNet branded VOD and Internet horror channel, recently announced the fall
2009 launch of a new premium entertainment channel with partners Viacom,
Paramount Pictures and MGM, and has invested in the leading young men's
digital distribution platform Break.com.
    The Company has generated more than $450 million at the North American
theatrical box office in the past fiscal year and has released a string of
hits including THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM, TYLER PERRY'S MEET THE BROWNS, THE BANK
JOB, RAMBO, THE EYE, SAW IV, TYLER PERRY'S WHY DID I GET MARRIED?, GOOD LUCK
CHUCK, 3:10 TO YUMA and WAR, most of which have opened at #1 or #2 at the box
office.  Lionsgate's prestigious and prolific library of approximately 12,000
motion picture and television titles is an important source of recurring
revenue that serves as the 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.

    
                           http://www.lionsgate.com
    

    
     For further information, please contact:
    

    
     Peter D. Wilkes
     310-255-3726
     pwilkes@lionsgate.com
    

    
     Sarah Greenberg
     310-255-3856
     sgreenberg@lionsgate.com
    

    
     Kate Hubin
     310-255-4064
     khubin@lionsgate.com

    




For further information:

For further information: Peter D. Wilkes, +1-310-255-3726,
pwilkes@lionsgate.com, or Sarah Greenberg, +1-310-255-3856,
sgreenberg@lionsgate.com, or Kate Hubin, +1-310-255-4064,
khubin@lionsgate.com, all of Lionsgate Web Site: http://www.lionsgate.com


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