Lionsgate Adds Second Production Wing to Expanded Motion Picture Group



    
    Alli Shearmur Joins Company As President Of Motion Picture Production

    
    SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 27 /CNW/ -- LIONSGATE(R) (NYSE:   LGF), the
leading next generation filmed entertainment studio, today announced that Alli
Shearmur will join the company as President of Motion Picture Production.  A
highly respected production executive and producer, Shearmur served as
Co-President of Production at Paramount Studios from 2005 through early 2007
and is currently producing director Doug Liman's latest feature. The
announcement was made by Joe Drake, Co-Chief Operating Officer of Lionsgate
and President of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group.
    Shearmur's appointment completes the expansion of Lionsgate's Motion
Picture Production wing.  The expansion is based on a new structure designed
to achieve greater focus on every Lionsgate motion picture and facilitate a
broader, more comprehensive reach into the creative community.  Under the
structure, Shearmur and Lionsgate President of Motion Picture Production Mike
Paseornek will head separate entrepreneurial production divisions, each
responsible for 6-8 targeted films to fill out Lionsgate's original production
slate of 12-16 titles a year.  In developing new projects, Shearmur will draw
upon her base of marquee filmmaker and talent relationships; and bring to bear
her affinity for top-flight material and keen understanding of what audiences
want to see, as evidenced in her diverse studio track record that includes the
AMERICAN PIE comedies, the Matt Damon/BOURNE franchise and David Fincher's
ZODIAC.  Paseornek will continue to spearhead the production of the kinds of
movies that have been instrumental in defining the Lionsgate brand, such as MY
BLOODY VALENTINE 3-D; MY BEST FRIEND'S GIRL, an edgy romantic comedy starring
Kate Hudson; and comic-book action fare like THE SPIRIT.  Paseornek will also
continue growing core talent showcases such as the Tyler Perry and CRANK
franchises.  Reporting to Shearmur are Jim Miller, Vice President of Motion
Picture Production, and Wolfgang Hammer, the newly appointed Vice President of
Motion Picture Production.  Reporting to Paseornek are John Sacchi, Senior
Vice President of Motion Picture Production, and Lisa Ellzey, the newly
installed Executive Vice President of Motion Picture Production.  Shearmur and
Paseornek will both report to Joe Drake.
    Said Drake, "As Lionsgate continues to expand, our goal on the motion
picture production side is to foster an environment characterized by
creativity and focus.  We've developed a partnership strategy that maximizes
efficiency while providing the ideal setup for two exceptional executives --
Alli Shearmur and Mike Paseornek -- to do what they do best.  Alli has superb
instincts in developing properties, and she brings a substantial base of
talent relationships into the Lionsgate fold.  She is a terrific complement to
Mike, and together they are going to build upon the formidable infrastructure
and brand identity that Mike has already established."
    Said Shearmur, "Lionsgate represents the opportunity of a lifetime for
me. There is a palpable sense of momentum about this studio, which I think is
a testament to its consistently savvy and agile approach to making movies.  I
look forward to joining this amazing team and developing a film slate with the
very highest creative and commercial potential."
    Shearmur arrives at Lionsgate as Paseornek and other members of the
company's senior management team continue to accelerate its business as a
next-generation filmed entertainment company.  Having achieved great success
with original franchises including the SAW series and the Tyler Perry
franchises, Lionsgate is now active in multiple delivery platforms, including
television programming, video-on-demand and digital delivery services.
Lionsgate entertainment can now be seen not only in movie theatres and on DVD,
but also on newer platforms such as FEARNet, the video-on-demand and Internet
horror channel.  In 2009, Lionsgate will launch a new premium television
service with partners Viacom, Paramount Pictures and MGM.
    Shearmur is currently producing director Doug Liman's upcoming film,
written by Dan Mazeau and starring Jake Gyllenhaal.  During her tenure as
Co-President of Production of Paramount Pictures, she oversaw the day-to-day
development and production of the studio's film slate and literary
acquisitions.  She spearheaded such productions as THE CURIOUS CASE OF
BENJAMIN BUTTON, THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES, STOP LOSS, ZODIAC, DREAMGIRLS,
CHARLOTTE'S WEB, NACHO LIBRE and FAILURE TO LAUNCH.  Prior to joining
Paramount in 2004, Shearmur served as Executive Vice President of Production
for Universal Pictures, where she oversaw the development and production of
such hits as THE BOURNE SUPREMACY, THE BOURNE IDENTITY, the AMERICAN PIE
trilogy, ALONG CAME POLLY, and ERIN BROCKOVICH.  From 1994 through 1997,
Shearmur was Vice President of Production for Walt Disney Pictures, where she
developed and supervised such fit films as GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE.  Prior to
Disney, Shearmur served as Vice President for Stewart Pictures, where she
acquired and helped develop the highly acclaimed children's classic, MADELINE.
She had previously served in a variety of positions at Columbia Pictures
Entertainment/Sony Pictures, including director of comedy development at
Columbia Pictures Television.  A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania,
Shearmur received a JD degree from USC Law Center and is a member of the
California bar.
    
    ABOUT LIONSGATE
    
    Lionsgate is a 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 is leveraging its
content leadership and marketing expertise through a series of partnerships
that include the operation of the highly successful FEARNet branded VOD and
Internet horror channel with Sony and Comcast, the recent announcement of the
fall 2009 launch of a new premium entertainment channel with partners Viacom,
Paramount Pictures and MGM, investment in the leading young men's digital
distribution platform Break.com, ownership of the premier independent
television syndication company Debmar-Mercury LLC and an alliance with
independent filmed entertainment production and distribution company Roadside
Attractions.  Lionsgate also has forged partnerships with leading content
creators, owners and distributors in key territories around the world,
including Televisa in the U.S. and Latin America, StudioCanal in the UK, Hoyts
and Sony in Australia and Eros International in India.
    The Company has generated more than $450 million at the North American
theatrical box office in the past 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.
The Company has also forged leadership positions in television and home
entertainment with the production of such critically-acclaimed television
series as "Weeds" and "Mad Men," the distribution of "Tyler Perry's House of
Payne," "Family Feud," "South Park," "Trivial Pursuit" and "The Dead Zone,"
among others, and approximately 9% market share and the industry's leading box
office-to-DVD conversion rate in home entertainment.  Lionsgate handles a
prestigious and prolific library of approximately 12,000 motion picture and
television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves
as the foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The
Lionsgate brand is synonymous with entrepreneurial innovation and original,
daring, quality entertainment in markets around the globe.

    
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     For further information, contact:
    

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

    
     For corporate inquiries, please contact:
    

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

    




For further information:

For further information: Sarah Greenberg, +1-310-255-3856,
sgreenberg@lionsgate.com, or corporate inquiries, Peter D. Wilkes,
+1-310-255-3726, pwilkes@lionsgate.com, both of Lionsgate Web Site:
http://www.lionsgate.com


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