In Massive Deal, Lionsgate Pays $7 Million For Jesse Eisenberg-Kristen Stewart Pic ‘American Ultra’

By | Saturday March 1, 2014 @ 5:08pm PST
Mike Fleming

amultraEXCLUSIVE: The appetite for scripts and partially finished films is soaring. Lionsgate is tying up a deal today to pay $7 million to pre-buy U.S. distribution rights to American Ultra, the action comedy that begins shooting in New Orleans … Read More »

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Tyler Perry Shuttering LA Outpost As Lionsgate Deal Not Renewed

By | Friday February 28, 2014 @ 3:41pm PST

tyler perry madeaTyler Perry‘s longtime and lucrative first-look deal with Lionsgate is not being renewed, though there are still several projects in the pipeline at the studio beyond his upcoming release Single Mom Club, which is due out March … Read More »

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Erik Feig Re-Ups With Promotion To Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-President

By | Tuesday February 25, 2014 @ 10:12am PST

ErikFeigErik Feig now shares the co-president title of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group with Steve Beeks, who continues as co-COO of Lionsgate. The long-term deal, terms of which were not disclosed, comes after the former head of production at Summit helped oversee a film slate that made more than $2.3 billion at the 2013 box office including The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Now You See Me. Here’s today’s release:

Lionsgate_newlogo__130418225246-200x107SANTA MONICA, CA, February 25, 2014 – Motion picture executive Erik Feig has been promoted to Co-President of Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group and has signed a new long-term agreement, the Company announced today. He oversees all aspects of feature film development and production for the Company’s Lionsgate and Summit film labels.

The Company’s feature film slate generated more than $2.3 billion at the global box office in 2013, led by the second film of Lionsgate’s blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the 10th highest-grossing film of all time at the domestic box office, and Summit’s sleeper hit Now You See Me, which grossed more than $350 million worldwide.

“Erik has assembled a tremendous production slate over the past two years, and he will be a critical, innovative and disruptive part of our future as we continue to evolve as a next generation global content leader,” said Lionsgate Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer.

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Michiel Huisman To Co-Star Opposite Blake Lively In ‘Age Of Adaline’

By | Tuesday February 11, 2014 @ 2:26pm PST

michielhuismanMichiel Huisman has joined The Age Of Adaline and will play Blake Lively’s love interest in the romantic drama from Lionsgate, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Lakeshore Entertainment. Harrison Ford and Ellen Burstyn also are aboard the pic, which begins … Read More »

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Lionsgate CEO Says ‘Now You See Me’ Sequel To Begin Production In September

By | Friday February 7, 2014 @ 7:41am PST

Shooting on the follow-up to last year’s sleeper hit Now You See Me will take place in the U.S., Europe, and Asia “to capitalize on the property’s international appeal, with most of the original cast returning, and some exciting new additions,Now You See MeLionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer told analysts this morning in a call to discuss the company’s fiscal Q3 earnings. He added later that execs “absolutely see it as a franchise. We’re going to add some cast to it. We see it as an ongoing situation.” Execs pushed the theme of Lionsgate_newlogo__130418225246-200x107Lionsgate as an incubator for franchises; Feltheimer says the company has “an ability to assemble and mine the richest and most diverse portfolios of [intellectual property] in the industry.” He considers upcoming films Gods Of Egypt, Chaos Walking, and Mordecai (“a character that Johnny Depp loves,” he says) as “potential franchises — later adding The Last Witch Hunter with Vin Diesel to the list plus “another one we hope to announce shortly.” Speaking of franchises, the CEO said that timetable for the Hunger Games series remains “unchanged” — with releases planned for late November this year and next — following the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. “We’re fortunate to have his incredible talent grace our Hunger Games family,” Feltheimer says. “We send our deepest condolences to all who were close to  him.” The CEO also talked up the Divergent series, noting that the studio is “gearing up to begin shooting Insurgent, the second film in the franchise, this summer in order to make our March 2015 release date.”

Related: Philip Seymour Hoffman’s ‘Hunger Games’ Role Mostly Filmed
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Lionsgate Year-End Earnings Feast On ‘Hunger Games’ To Beat Analyst Estimates

By | Thursday February 6, 2014 @ 1:10pm PST

The company says that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire helped it to generate record profit margins in the last three months of 2013, its fiscal Q3. lionsgateThe basic numbers look strong with net income of $88.8M, +134.6% vs the … Read More »

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Lionsgate Issues Statement On Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Death; ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ Role Had Been Mostly Filmed

Philip Seymour Hoffman Dead MockingjayThe studio behind The Hunger Games franchise which introduced the late Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee in last year’s Catching Fire has released a statement on the actor’s passing: “Philip Seymour Hoffman was a singular talent and one of the most gifted actors of our generation. We’re very fortunate that he graced our Hunger Games family. Losing him in his prime is a tragedy, and we send our deepest condolences to Philip’s family.”

Related: Philip Seymour Hoffman Dead At 46 Of Apparent Overdose

We’re hearing Hoffman had completed the majority of his work on Lionsgate‘s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2 prior to his sudden death Sunday morning. He had seven days of filming to go before wrapping Mockingjay Part 2, but there’s no word yet on what Lionsgate plans to do to make up for that remaining week Hoffman was supposed to film. The role is a significant one that increases in stature following Plutarch’s introduction in Catching Fire, in which the new Head Gamemaker shares brief encounters with Katniss and is seen pulling strings for the Capital behind the scenes. In the subsequent Mockingjay novel which Lionsgate has split into two films, Plutarch plays a key role in the resistance. Read More »

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Lionsgate Shares Rise As Investors Turn Their Sights To ‘Divergent’

By | Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 11:12am PST

Divergent posterThe stock’s up 5.8% in afternoon trading after Piper Jaffray analyst James Marsh said that social media buzz around Divergent the sci-fi action film that premieres on March 21 — is tracking ahead of the patterns for Read More »

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Sundance: Lionsgate Acquires Rights To ‘Cooties’

By | Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 3:49pm PST

CootiesLionsgate has officially acquired North American rights to Cooties, the SpectreVision and Glacier Films comedic horror pic that debuted in the Midnight section on Saturday in Park City. The directorial debut of Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion was … Read More »

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Sundance: Bruce Willis To Star In Action Pic ‘Vice’, Teaming Again With Emmett / Furla / Oasis Films

By | Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 12:00pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE:  Lone Survivor producer Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films is set to produce willisand finance Vice, an Andre Fabrizio- and Jeremy Passmore-scripted futuristic action thriller that will star Bruce Willis. The $15 million-budget pic will be distributed by Grindstone/Lionsgate Films. The movie … Read More »

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Sundance: Lionsgate Getting Close To Catching ‘Cooties’

By | Monday January 20, 2014 @ 2:46pm PST

Sundance2014_badge__140109214059No deal is done but Lionsgate looks to be the front-runner to snag comedic fright flick Cooties at the Sundance Film Festival.  Sources say negotiations on the film starring Elijah Wood and Rainn Wilson are ongoing. Cooties premiered on … Read More »

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Sundance: Lionsgate & CNN Films Acquire ‘Dinosaur 13′

By | Friday January 17, 2014 @ 8:25am PST
Mike Fleming

dnoBREAKING: In the first deal on the ground here at Sundance, Lionsgate and CNN Films have acquired North American rights to the documentary Dinosaur 13. The film will be released theatrically with a North American broadcast premiere … Read More »

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Forest Whitaker Thriller ‘Repentance’ Coming To U.S. In February

By | Wednesday January 15, 2014 @ 10:00pm PST

Forest WhitakerLionsgate’s CodeBlack Films will release the psychological thriller on February 28 in the U.S. Repentance, from Forest Whitaker‘s Significant Productions and JuntoBox, stars Whitaker (Lee Daniels’ The Butler) as a single father coping with the recent mysterious death … Read More »

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It’s Official: Harrison Ford Joins Lionsgate Pic ‘The Age Of Adaline’

By | Wednesday January 15, 2014 @ 11:55am PST

Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences' Governors Awards - ArrivalsHarrison Ford has been set to co-star in Lionsgate‘s romantic drama The Age Of Adeline, joining Blake Lively and Ellen Burstyn in the cast. Shooting begins in March … Read More »

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‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Passes $409M Domestically; Franchise Hits Record Books

By | Friday January 10, 2014 @ 8:46am PST

ID_D68_25264_RThe Hunger Games: Catching Fire topped $409.4M last night, surpassing the first The Hunger Games which grossed $408M. It marks the first time ever that the first two installments of a franchise have each grossed $400M at the domestic box … Read More »

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UPDATE: Italian Distributor Apologizes After Recalling ‘12 Years A Slave’ Posters

By | Thursday December 26, 2013 @ 4:10pm PST

bradpitt12yearsposter2ND UPDATE, 4:10 PM: BIM Distribuzione has officially apologized for the 12 Years A Slave posters in Italy that featured more Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender than the film’s main star Chiwetel Ejiofor – ones that were unauthorized by Summit and Lionsgate. “We apologize for creating and releasing unauthorized posters for 12 Years A Slave in Italy featuring Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender in a manner inconsistent with approved advertising materials. All inappropriate materials have now been withdrawn. We are very proud of the film and regret any distraction this incident may have caused.”

UPDATE, TUESDAY PM: We’ve now learned that Italian distributor BIM Distribuzione has agreed to stop distributing the materials in question and is in the process of recalling the unauthorized materials already in circulation.

PREVIOUSLY: Studios want to create buzz for their films, but you can probably bet this is not the kind of buzz envisioned for Oscar hopeful 12 Years A Slave. Posters for the race drama recently released in Italy feature separate images of Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender (who had small roles in the pic) prominently over a much tinier image of the film’s main star, black actor Chiwetel Ejiofor. Read More »

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‘Catching Fire,’ ‘Now You See Me’ Drive Lionsgate To Become Billion Dollar Baby 2nd Year Running; Company Box Office Take To Date: $2.25 Billion Worldwide

By | Monday December 23, 2013 @ 7:17am PST

The Hunger Games: Catching FireDriven by the phenomenal success of its blockbuster franchise Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Summit Entertainment’s Now You See Me – the sleeper hit heist film which grossed a whopping $235M internationally — Lionsgate announced this … Read More »

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Deadline Big Media 64 – The Chris DeWolfe Podcast

By | Saturday December 21, 2013 @ 3:24pm PST

Deadline Big Media episode 64Deadline Financial Editor David Lieberman and host David Bloom talk with Chris DeWolfe, CEO of SGN Games and former CEO and co-founder of MySpace, about the very big and very quickly evolving businesses of online … Read More »

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Lionsgate’s Bookish Push

By | Thursday December 19, 2013 @ 10:25am PST
Mike Fleming

divergLionsgate, a business built on Summit’s Twilight Saga books and now The Hunger Games trilogy, continues to base its future slates on book acquisition. It’s worth noting that the studio is either in production or developing four of the … Read More »

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