Lionsgate Executive Vice President and General Sales Manager David Spitz Re-Ups With Studio Under New Long-Term Agreement



    



    
    SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 4 /CNW/ -- LIONSGATE  (NYSE:   LGF), the
leading next generation studio, announced today that David Spitz, Executive
Vice President and General Sales Manager, has agreed to a new long-term
contract with the studio.  Spitz will report to Joe Drake, Lionsgate
President, Motion Picture Group, and Co-Chief Operating Officer, who made the
announcement.

    Said Drake, "David is a natural leader and savvy distribution strategist,
and he's played a critical role in bringing Lionsgate to new levels of
audience awareness and financial success.   As we continue to expand our
feature film slate, David's expertise and depth of understanding will give us
a tremendous competitive advantage when it comes to maximizing the potential
of every one of our titles.  We are proud and happy to have him as a member of
the Lionsgate family."

    Said Spitz, "Lionsgate is a wonderful studio to call home, and I'm
looking forward to the busy, exciting days that lie ahead.  While we mourn the
untimely death of our dear friend and colleague, Steve Rothenberg, we are
pledged to furthering his legacy of professional integrity, creative agility
and savvy opportunism on behalf of our films."

    Spitz is a 13-year veteran of Lionsgate and its predecessor companies,
and was promoted to his current position in 2007.  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
long-term horror franchise in history with grosses exceeding $667 million in
worldwide box office; the Tyler Perry franchise, which has grossed nearly $370
million in domestic box office; CRASH; FAHRENHEIT 9/11; and the independent
blockbuster phenomenon THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT.  Other successes include the
smash horror/thrillers MY BLOODY VALENTINE 3D and THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT;
action hits such as FORBIDDEN KINGDOM, RAMBO, THE BANK JOB, the
critically-acclaimed 3:10 TO YUMA and CRANK; the documentary hit RELIGULOUS;
and the teen comedies GOOD LUCK CHUCK and EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH.

    Spitz began his entertainment industry career as a film buyer for Mann
Theaters. He served two years as a regional branch manager for MGM
Distribution, which as followed by a position as Western Division Manager at
LIVE Entertainment.  Spitz joined Lionsgate predecessor Artisan Entertainment
in 1997, and held a series of progressively responsible executive positions at
Artisan and Lionsgate, including Senior Vice President of Domestic
Distribution.
    

    ABOUT LIONSGATE
    
    Lionsgate (NYSE:   LGF) is the leading next generation studio with a strong
and diversified 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 built a
strong television presence in production of prime time cable and broadcast
network series, production, distribution and syndication of programming
through Debmar-Mercury, reality programming through its joint venture with ISH
Entertainment and an array of channel platforms, including its partnership
with One Equity Partners and Allen Shapiro in TV Guide Network and TV
Guide.com, its partnership with Viacom and MGM in the multiplatform premium
channel Epix, its partnership with Sony and Comcast in the branded horror
channel FEARnet and its recent launch of the KIX action channel and the Thrill
horror/suspense channel in Asia.  Its feature film business achieved a record
box office performance in the January-March 2009 quarter, driven by the
success of TYLER PERRY'S MADEA GOES TO JAIL," "MY BLOODY VALENTINE 3-D and THE
HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT. The Company's home entertainment business has grown
to more than 7% market share and leads the industry in its box office-to-DVD
revenue conversion rate.  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 remains
synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the
world.
    

    www.lionsgate.com

    

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


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