Telemundo Media Licensing Deal With Lionsgate Includes ‘Hunger Games’

By | Monday February 4, 2013 @ 12:57pm PST

NBCUniversal’s Spanish-language video operation wants to be seen as a movie destination — probably a smart strategy in light of reports showing a surge in movie-going by Latino audiences. The new multi-year agreement with Lionsgate extends their … Read More »

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Swift’s Poetry Turns Into Globe-Nominated Tune

By | Friday January 11, 2013 @ 9:00pm PST

Anthony D’Alessandro is Managing Editor of AwardsLine

Who better to provide a voice to the well-received feature adaptation The Hunger Games than the generation’s most popular soulful vocalist, 23-year-old Taylor Swift? However, when Lionsgate executives and Oscar-winning singer-songwriter … Read More »

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Scholastic Fiscal Q2 Earnings Suffer From Lower Than Expected ‘Hunger Games’ Sales

By | Thursday December 20, 2012 @ 7:11am PST

The education-focused publishing company seemed subdued today, less than a week after the tragic school shootings in Connecticut. In a conference call with analysts to discuss earnings, Scholastic CEO Richard Robinson expressed sympathy for families of the murdered students and teachers. He also urged schools to continue to promote “optimism and hope,” while officials provide the “mental health resources our schools must have.” As for the financials: Cost savings helped, but weren’t enough to overcome declining sales of The Hunger Games trilogy and other disappointments. Shares are down 2.8% in early trading after Scholastic reported net income of $61.8M for the three months that ended in November, -25.4% vs the period last year, on revenues of $616.2M, -10.1%. Analysts expected revenues of about $632.5M. Earnings, at $1.89 a share, also fell short of the $2.05 that the Street anticipated. Read More »

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‘Catching Fire’ Motion Poster Unveiled

By | Tuesday November 20, 2012 @ 2:42pm PST

The sequel to the first The Hunger Games isn’t due for almost exactly a year — on November 22, 2013 — but Lionsgate has released a cool motion poster on Catching Fire‘s Facebook page. Check it out but beware the autoplay: Read More »

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Lionsgate Passes $1B Domestic For First Time Helped By Summit’s Twilight Finale

By | Sunday November 18, 2012 @ 11:27am PST

The frontloaded worldwide total for Summit Entertainment’s Breaking Dawn Part 2 is $340.9M through today – or $141.3M domestic + $199.6M international. That helped its parent company Lionsgate achieve a first-ever milestone for it at the North American box office – … Read More »

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Lionsgate Shares Rise After Fiscal Q2 Results Soar Past Expectations

By | Thursday November 8, 2012 @ 1:54pm PST

Stock prices are up 7.5% in post-market trading after the independent studio reported earnings for the September quarter that even surprised some of its biggest supporters on Wall Street. The Hunger Games video sales helped Lionsgate to generate net … Read More »

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Francis Lawrence To Direct ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ Pics

Francis Lawrence is seeing through Lionsgate‘s The Hunger Games franchise until the end. The director of the first sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, now in production, has now signed on to helm the final two installments of the series, Mockingjay Part 1 and Mockingjay Part 2, which splits the final book in Suzanne Collins’ trilogy into two films. Danny Strong is writing both Mockingjay pics, and Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth are back to star. The final two movies follow heroine Katniss Everdeen’s journey as she leads the districts of Panem in a rebellion against the tyrannical and corrupt Capitol, and she must decipher for herself who she can trust and what needs to be done, with everything she cares for in the balance.

Lawrence, whose credits include Constantine, I Am Legend and most recently Water For Elephants, replaced Gary Ross at the helm of Catching Fire in April. He was chosen in a race that came down to Lawrence and Moneyball helmer Bennett Miller, after Juan Antonio Bayona couldn’t do it. He is currently wrapping production on the pic with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jena Malone and Amanda Plummer joining the cast. Lawrence is repped by CAA and 3 Arts. Read More »

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Lionsgate Seals Output Deal With France’s Metropolitan Filmexport

By | Wednesday October 31, 2012 @ 7:42am PDT

Lionsgate and Samuel and Victor Hadida’s Metropolitan Filmexport have formalized their relationship with an output deal for France. The two companies have long worked together with Metropolitan releasing all of Lionsgate’s major titles in recent years including The Read More »

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Danny Strong Close To Deal To Pen ‘Hunger Games’ Finale ‘Mockingjay’

By | Monday October 1, 2012 @ 3:10pm PDT

Danny Strong Mockingjay Movie ScreenwriterThere is no deal in place for him to write Lionsgate‘s two-part finale to The Hunger Games, but we’re hearing it’s likely to happen. The Game Change scribe is coming off a Read More »

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Lionsgate Sees $800M Revolving Credit Facility As Endorsement By Banks

By | Thursday September 27, 2012 @ 12:20pm PDT

Media companies usually don’t crow about the size of their revolving credit facilities. But Lionsgate‘s release today makes it clear that it sees its new deal as a vote of confidence by the banking community in the independent studio’s prospects following its acquisition of Summit Entertainment and success with The Hunger Games. JPMorgan Entertainment Industries Group’s David Shaheen calls it “a testament to the Company’s strong relationships with the financing community and the value of its franchises and filmed entertainment library, and it reflects the significant recent expansion of the Company’s borrowing base.”

The new facility replaces the five-year one due to expire this July. It carries the same interest rate, LIBOR plus 2.5% — which translates to about 3% in today’s low interest rate environment. That should enable the studio to pay down its $436M in high-yield debt which carries a 10% interest rate, potentially resulting in a savings of as much as $30M a year just on interest payments. Big as the Lionsgate facility is, it’s still smaller than Viacom’s $2B facility in 2010 and DreamWorks Animation’s $1B one in 2003.

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Jeffrey Wright To Play Beetee In ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’

By | Friday September 7, 2012 @ 10:09am PDT

Santa Monica, CA, September 7, 2012- Lionsgate® and the filmmakers of THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE are pleased to announce that Jeffrey Wright has been cast in the role of Beetee in the much anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ worldwide smash hit novel Catching Fire. Hailing from District 3, Beetee earns the nickname “Volts” because of his electronics expertise.

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‘Hunger Games’ Profits Lead Moody’s To Upgrade Lionsgate Debt

By | Thursday September 6, 2012 @ 2:03pm PDT

Lionsgate Debt Rating UpgradeThe rating service followed through today on the path it hinted it would take in March when it put Lionsgate‘s debt under review. It only delivered a small bump: Lionsgate’s corporate family went to … Read More »

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‘Hunger Games’ Sells 3.8M DVD And Blu-rays Its First Domestic Weekend

By | Tuesday August 21, 2012 @ 10:24am PDT

Lionsgate announced today that the home entertainment release of the first installment of its blockbuster franchise The Hunger Games was also the largest digital and on demand launch in the Company’s history, generating the biggest first day … Read More »

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Gary Ross Sets Peter Pan Fantasy As Post-’Hunger Games’ Followup

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Gary RossBREAKING: Since Gary Ross dropped out of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, he kicked the tires on a bunch of projects. He has now firmed up the Disney film Peter And The Starcatchers as his next … Read More »

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‘Hunger Games’ Trilogy Outsells Harry Potter’s 7 Books On Amazon

By | Friday August 17, 2012 @ 12:54pm PDT

Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy is now Amazon’s top-selling book series of all time, outselling the seven-book Harry Potter series, the online retailer announced today. That takes both physical and e-books into consideration. Hunger Games achieved … Read More »

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‘Hunger Games’ DVDs Will Offer Streamed Access Via UltraViolet

By | Friday August 10, 2012 @ 6:42am PDT

This could be a big boost for the entertainment industry’s streaming initiative, which has been struggling to ignite consumer interest. Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer told analysts in a conference call this morning that the discs, which go on … Read More »

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NBC Says Olympics Archery No. 1 In Ratings, ‘Hunger Games’ Fueling Interest?

By | Friday August 3, 2012 @ 10:08am PDT

Joe Utichi contributes to Deadline’s UK coverage.

Has The Hunger Games triggered Americans’ interest in archery? The bow-and-arrow sport is NBC’s No. 1 cable ratings winner, the network says, averaging 1.5M daytime viewers. NBC’s coverage of the … Read More »

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Biz News Briefs: Dish Network’s Sub Surprise, Earnings Reports From Verizon And Scholastic

By | Thursday July 19, 2012 @ 9:51am PDT

Dish Network Loses Fewer Subs Than Expected In Q2.
Dish Network shares are up 1.8% at midday after it disclosed better-than-expected subscriber numbers for the quarter that ended in June. In a press release announcing plans for a debt offering, the satellite company said it wound up with 14.06M customers: That’s down by 10,000 from the previous quarter, with an average monthly churn rate of 1.60%. Wells Fargo analyst Marci Ryvicker says she projected a loss of  119,000 subs and a 1.65% churn rate. Read More »

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Amanda Plummer Cast In ‘Catching Fire’

By | Tuesday July 17, 2012 @ 9:16am PDT

Amanda Plummer Catching Fire CastingAmanda Plummer will play Wiress in Lionsgate‘s The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire, which is due to be released November 22, 2013. The character’s … Read More »

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