Lionsgate Taps Production Ace Lisa Ellzey for Executive Vice President Spot



    SANTA MONICA, Calif., July 22 /CNW/ -- LIONSGATE(R) (NYSE:   LGF), the
leading next generation filmed entertainment studio, today announced that Lisa
Ellzey will join the company as Executive Vice President of Motion Picture
Production.  An award-winning producer, Ellzey most recently served as
Executive Vice President of Production at Twentieth Century Fox. The
announcement was made by Mike Paseornek, Lionsgate's President of Motion
Picture Production.
    Ellzey will report to Paseornek.  John Sacchi, Senior Vice President of
Motion Picture Production, will continue to report to Paseornek.
    Said Paseornek, "These are exciting times for Lionsgate, and Lisa is
precisely the person we need on our team as we broaden the scope of our motion
picture offerings.  Her talent and fantastic network of creative relationships
will give us access to major opportunities as we take Lionsgate to the next
level and beyond."
    Said Ellzey, "I'm thrilled to be joining Lionsgate, which I think has one
of the sharpest motion picture production units in the business.  I'm very
much looking forward to working with Mike and the entire group to further
advance Lionsgate as a bastion of diverse, appealing and dynamic movies."
    Ellzey 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.
    Ellzey is a respected producer and motion picture executive who has
worked in the both the studio and independent sector.  She joined Twentieth
Century Fox in fall 2005 as the Executive Vice President of Production.  She
was the executive producer of the Academy Award(R)-nominated THE ASSASSINATION
OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD (2007), directed by Andrew Dominick
and starring Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck.  Prior to joining Fox, Ellzey was
President of Scott Free Entertainment, the company owned by Ridley Scott and
Tony Scott.  She produced IN HER SHOES (2005), directed by Curtis Hanson, and
starring Cameron Diaz, Shirley MacLaine, and Toni Collette; and TRISTAN AND
ISOLDE (2006), directed by Kevin Reynolds and starring James Franco and Sophia
Myles.  Ellzey was the executive producer of Ridley Scott's A GOOD YEAR
(2006), starring Russell Crowe, Albert Finney and Freddie Highmore, and
KINGDOM OF HEAVEN (2005), starring Orlando Bloom, Liam Neeson, Ed Norton, and
Jeremy Irons; and of Tony Scott's DOMINO (2005), starring Keira Knightly,
Mickey Rourke and Christopher Walken.  Also while at Scott Free, Ellzey was
the co-executive producer of the HBO historical drama THE GATHERING STORM
(2002), which earned her the 2002 Emmy Award for Best Made for Television
Movie.  The film, starring Albert Finney and Vanessa Redgrave, won two
additional Emmys as well as two Golden Globes Awards, including Best
Miniseries or Motion Picture, and three BAFTA Awards.  Prior to Scott Free,
Ellzey held positions as President of Sonnenfeld/Josephson and as Vice
President of Doug Wick's Red Wagon Productions.  She began her career as the
producer of the low-budget independent feature THE POISON TASTERS, which
premiered at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival.
    
    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.

    
                           http://www.lionsgate.com
    

    
     For further information, please contact:
    

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

    
     For corporate inquiries, please contact:
     Peter D. Wilkes
     LIONSGATE
     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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