Lionsgate's Music Company Promotes Russell Ziecker to Vice President of TV Music and A&R



    SANTA MONICA, Calif., June 9 /CNW/ -- LIONSGATE(R)'s (NYSE:   LGF) music
business has expanded its core creative team with the promotion of Russell
Ziecker to the newly-created position of Vice President of TV Music and A&R,
it was announced today by Lionsgate Music President Jay Faires.  Alongside
Faires, Ziecker will continue to head Lionsgate's music operations in creative
affairs, overseeing music for the TV slate while pushing the company's A&R
efforts.
    "I've known Russell for almost 20 years going back to the early days of
Mammoth," Faires said.  "His promotion to Vice President reflects his growing
value as an asset to our music business, and the impressive breadth of his
music career makes him an integral part of our company's growth. Russell will
be a key player as we move our music agenda forward."
    Ziecker has been part of the Lionsgate Music team since its inception in
2005 and has since worked alongside Faires on music production and supervision
of more than 15 shows, including the Golden Globe(R) winning hits MAD MEN
(AMC) and WEEDS (Showtime). Ziecker is currently working on the television
series CRASH with composer Mark Isham, who also scored the Academy Award(R)
winning film that inspired the series, and he is working with composer/sound-
designer Blake Leyh from HBO's THE WIRE on the Showtime pilot NURSE JACKIE
starring Edie Falco. He recently delivered a main title from Serj Tankian for
NBC's upcoming series FEAR ITSELF, premiering June 5th, and produced the
soundtrack releases for both MAD MEN (Blue Note Records) and WEEDS, Vol. 3
(Lionsgate Records), which will both hit stores on June 24th. Other upcoming
projects include themes from Lionsgate composer David Vanacore for
Debmar-Mercury's TRIVIAL PURSUIT and THE WENDY WILLIAMS SHOW.
    Ziecker began his music career as a side/session musician and producer
before transitioning into music publishing at Chrysalis Music, where he set up
the company's New York operations. After nearly eight years at Chrysalis,
Ziecker moved to Virgin Music America and became instrumental in signing and
developing such acts as the Lemonheads, Jane's Addiction, and Stone Temple
Pilots.
    Following Virgin Music, Ziecker served a three-year tenure as
President/COO of Milan Records/BMG where he was responsible for releasing over
75 soundtracks including the hit TV series FRASIER (Paramount TV) and THE
GENERAL'S DAUGHTER (Paramount). After leaving Milan, Ziecker ran SYN
Entertainment and FUZZ Music + Sound Design, two companies that specialize in
music for commercials and advertising and whose clients include Cadillac,
Toyota, Verizon, Tokyo-Disney, Honda, Haagen-Dazs, Panasonic and many others.
Overall, Ziecker has produced the music for over 250 commercials in the US and
Japan.
    Lionsgate's music team recently announced an unprecedented partnership
with Getty Images, providing award-winning scores for the launch of their
music-licensing venture.  Continuing to expand its artist roster, Lionsgate
has signed eight-time ASCAP and seven-time BMI award winning TV composer David
Vanacore and three-time IBMA award winners The Infamous Stringdusters. Other
recent achievements include Marco Beltrami's Academy Award(R) nominated score
for the hit 3:10 TO YUMA, a prestigious line-up of artists such as Bob Dylan,
Miles Davis and the Andrews Sisters on the Golden Globe (R) winning television
drama MAD MEN, innovative main title covers from the likes of Linkin Park,
Randy Newman and Elvis Costello on the television comedy hit WEEDS, and
original end titles from Dr. Dre and The Flaming Lips on the latest Lionsgate
features. Lionsgate Music is an innovative, entrepreneurial and diversified
company, complementing Lionsgate's filmed entertainment content leadership
with a growing role in all facets of music IP.
    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 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 U.K.,
Hoyts and Sony in Australia and Eros International in India.
    The Company generated approximately $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 7% 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:
     Sheila Vand
     310-601-2626
    

    
     For licensing inquires:
     David Falzone
     310-300-2045
     dfalzone@lionsgate.com
    

    
     For Lionsgate corporate inquiries, please contact:
     Peter D. Wilkes
     310-255-3726
     pwilkes@lionsgate.com
    

    
     Kelli Easterling
     310-255-4929
     keasterling@lionsgate.com
    




For further information:

For further information: Sheila Vand, +1-310-601-2626, or for licensing 
inquires, David Falzone, +1-310-300-2045, dfalzone@lionsgate.com, or for 
Lionsgate corporate inquiries, Peter D. Wilkes, +1-310-255-3726, 
pwilkes@lionsgate.com or Kelli Easterling, +1-310-255-4929, 
keasterling@lionsgate.com, all of Lionsgate Web Site:
http://www.lionsgate.com


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