SANTA MONICA, Calif. and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 16, 2016 /CNW/ -- Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) has named leading media and entertainment analyst James Marsh to run its investor relations activities as Senior Vice President, Investor Relations, the Company announced today. Marsh, who has 25 years' experience covering the media and entertainment sector for investment banks Piper Jaffray, Prudential and Kidder Peabody, among others, will be based at Lionsgate's Santa Monica, California corporate headquarters and will report to Lionsgate Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Barge. He will work alongside Lionsgate SVP, Executive Communications & Investor Relations Peter Wilkes, who will continue to focus on corporate media relations and executive communications.
Marsh will craft the Company's investor relations strategies, manage its profile at investor conferences, spearhead its investor marketing initiatives and direct its daily communications with shareholders and analysts.
Before joining Lionsgate, Marsh was a Managing Director at Piper Jaffray for eight years, where he headed the equity research team covering media and entertainment stocks and established the firm as a leading authority on entertainment industry trends, including digital innovation and expansion into the China market. He previously served as a research analyst at SG Cowen, Prudential Securities, UBS Investment Bank and Kidder Peabody. He was also cofounder of Hanover Square Capital Management LLC, an equity fund focused on the consumer and media sectors.
"James is a superstar addition to our team who brings a deep understanding of our Company and industry to his position, and he is highly respected by shareholders and analysts alike," said Barge. "We believe that he will be an exceptionally effective and articulate spokesman for Lionsgate's strategy, performance and unique value proposition as we continue to grow our business around the world."
"I'm thrilled to join the Lionsgate team who I've known for nearly 10 years," said Marsh. "Lionsgate is distinguished by superb management, an entrepreneurial culture and a track record of innovation, and they are one of the top content companies in the world. They have a great history of disrupting the industry on many fronts, and I look forward to helping communicate the Lionsgate story to the Street and its numerous constituencies."
Marsh is a graduate of New York University's Leonard N. Stern School with an M.B.A. in Finance and International Business. He holds a B.S.B.A. in Accounting from John Carroll University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Certified Public Accountant.
Lionsgate is a premier next generation global content leader with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms, video games and international distribution and sales. The Company has nearly 80 television shows on 40 different networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses. These include the critically-acclaimed hit series Orange is the New Black, the multiple Emmy Award-winning drama Mad Men, the hit broadcast network series Nashville, the syndication successes The Wendy Williams Show and Celebrity Name Game (with FremantleMedia), the breakout series The Royals and the Golden Globe-nominated dramedy Casual.
Its feature film business has been fueled by such successes as the blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, the first two installments of the Divergent franchise, Sicario, The Age of Adaline, CBS/Lionsgate's The DUFF, John Wick, Now You See Me, Roadside Attractions' Love & Mercy and Mr. Holmes, Lionsgate/Codeblack Films' Addicted and Pantelion Films' Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.
Lionsgate's home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rates. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 16,000 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 and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world. www.lionsgate.com
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