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Veteran Executive Steve Beeks Departing From Lionsgate

Steve Beeks is departing his posts as Lionsgate co-chief operating office and Motion Picture Group co-president at the end of the year.

The 20-year veteran of Lionsgate and its predecessor companies made the announcement Monday. He will transition to a consulting role as he prepares to embark on unspecified entrepreneurial opportunities.

Beeks has headed business and strategic initiatives for the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group since being named to the post as co-president in 2012. Erik Feig will remain as president while Brian Goldsmith remains chief operating officer.

During the past five years, Lionsgate’s film slate has grossed nearly $10 billion at the global box office, led by “La La Land,” and the “Hunger Games” franchise. Its most recent title is family drama “Wonder,” which has topped the $100 million mark in less than three weeks.

Beeks also helped orchestrate the recent renewals of theatrical distribution agreements with StudioCanal and CBS Films, and he has overseen the continued growth of [link
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Lionsgate Co-coo Steve Beeks to Depart Studio

Lionsgate co-coo and Motion Picture Group co-president Steve Beeks is set to leave the studio at the end of the year.

The 20-year veteran of Lionsgate will take on a consulting role as he looks to new opportunities, the studio said Monday.

"Having worked for so long in such a dynamic environment has inspired me to move forward with entrepreneurial opportunities of my own," Beeks said in a statement.

Beeks' pending departure follows Joe Drake's return to Lionsgate as co-chair of the Motion Picture Group. Drake serves alongside Patrick Wachsberger, who recently signed a new agreement with the...
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Steve Beeks, 20-Year Executive At Lionsgate, Exiting At End Of Year

Exclusive: Lionsgate Co-coo and Motion Picture Group Co-President Steve Beeks, who has been at the company for two decades and has been a key strategist in its growth, is exiting at year’s end. However, he will remain as a consultant. With Beeks leaving, there will be one COO with Brian Goldsmith and one Motion Picture Group President with Erik Feig. The co-posts are not expected to be replaced. Goldsmith will, as he did with Beeks, continue to report to CEO Jon…
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Afm: Lionsgate Takes U.S. on Studiocanal’s ‘Hard Powder,’ ‘Shaun the Sheep 2,’ ‘The Mercy’ (Exclusive)

Lionsgate has acquired all U.S. rights to five high-profile movies from Studiocanal, the film-tv production-distribution affiliate of Vivendi’s Canal Plus Group, in a multi-year, multi-picture deal.

Titles take in three of Studiocanal’s biggest upcoming films: action-thriller “Hard Powder” with Liam Neeson and Laura Dern; Aardman Animations’ “Shaun the Sheep 2”; and “The Mercy,” with Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz.

Two more Studiocanal movies, currently in development and described by Lionsgate as “major properties,” are also part of the deal. In practical terms, commercial releases on final films in the arrangement could run through to 2019 or 2020.

The Mercy” will be distributed in the U.S. by Lionsgate affiliate Roadside Attractions. The first picture in the deal to be released in the U.S, “Hard Powder” will open in fall 2018.

The deal expands a long-term, multi-front partnership between Lionsgate and Studiocanal. Lionsgate will open Neeson thriller “The Commuter,” on Jan. 12 in the U.S.
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Lionsgate Extends Partnership With Grindstone Entertainment Group

Lionsgate Extends Partnership With Grindstone Entertainment Group
Lionsgate has extended its longstanding partnership with Grindstone Entertainment Group and signed new long-term agreements with Grindstone President and CEO Barry Brooker and principal Stan Wertlieb.

Steve Beeks, Lionsgate co-coo and president of the Motion Picture Group, made the announcement Thursday. Grindstone specializes in titles with recognizable stars in the action and thriller categories.

“We’re pleased to extend our relationship with Barry, Stan and the rest of the Grindstone team,” said Beeks. “They are consistently profitable with strong brand recognition and serve as a reliable supplier of star-driven event films.”

The extended agreement covers movies from Grindstone’s long-term collaboration with producers Emmett/Furla, including upcoming releases “Gotti,” starring John Travolta; “Escape Plan 2” with Sylvester Stallone; and the thriller “First Kill” with Bruce Willis and Hayden Christensen.

Other significant releases on Grindstone’s slate include “Unlocked,” directed by Michael Apted and produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and featuring Noomi Rapace,
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Us rights for Aardman's 'Early Man' picked up by Lionsgate

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Studiocanal animation features Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston and Maisie Williams.

Lionsgate has acquired Us distribution rights to new Aardman animated feature Early Man from Studiocanal.

The film will be released by Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label, with Lionsgate also handling licensing and merchandising in the territory.

Early Man is directed by Nick Park (Chicken Run, Wallace And Gromit) and will be released in the Us on February 16, 2018 following Studiocanal’s European release.

Studiocanal will distribute in the UK, France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand.

The film stars Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston and Maisie Williams and was supported by the British Film Institute (BFI) with National Lottery funding.

Lionsgate and Studiocanal’s last Aardman collaboration was Shaun The Sheep Movie.

Set at the dawn of time, Early Man tells the story of how plucky caveman Dug, along with sidekick Hognob, unites his tribe against the mighty Bronze Age in a battle to beat them at their own game
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Lionsgate Co-Chair Rob Friedman Steps Down

Lionsgate Co-Chair Rob Friedman Steps Down
Rob Friedman is stepping down as co-chair of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group and has been named special advisor to CEO Jon Feltheimer.

Friedman, 65, is a 40-year veteran of Hollywood with stints at Warner Bros., Paramount, Summit, and Lionsgate. He and Patrick Wachsberger were the key officials behind the 2007 expansion of Summit and the “Twilight” franchise, which led to Lionsgate buying out Summit for $412 million in early 2012.

“Rob has played an integral role in leading the successful growth and diversification of our Motion Picture Group over the past four years, and he has helped assemble one of the strongest and most exciting film slates in our history,” Feltheimer said. “We look forward to his continued guidance and counsel in navigating a fast-changing industry environment. In his capacity as my special advisor, he will be working closely with me on our Ott platforms, Atom Tickets partnership, and other new ventures.”

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Lionsgate Co-Chair Rob Friedman to Step Down

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Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chair Rob Friedman is stepping down, and will instead serve as special advisor to the office of CEO Jon Feltheimer, Lionsgate announced Friday. Friedman has worked in the entertainment industry for over 40 years. The Motion Picture Group will continue to be run by its current leadership team that includes Co-Chair Patrick Wachsberger, Co-President Erik Feig, Co-coo Steve Beeks, Chief Brand Officer and President of Worldwide Marketing Tim Palen, President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions Jason Constantine and President of Domestic Theatrical Distribution David Spitz. “Rob has played an integral role in leading the successful growth and diversification of.
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Lionsgate motion picture group co-chair Rob Friedman steps down

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The executive has been named special advisor, office of the CEO.

Rob Friedman has stepped down as co-chair of Lionsgate motio picture group.

The executive has been named special advisor, office of the CEO, the studio’s CEO Jon Feltheimer said on Friday.

Friedman has served nearly five years at Lionsgate since it acquired Summit Entertainment and in that time has worked with Patrick Wachsberger to assemble a mighty slate, although the last year or so has seen a number of titles perform below expectations.

Motion picture group co-chair Wachsberger will remain in place and continues to also oversee the company’s international sales operation.

The motion pictures group leadership team includes motion picture group co-president Erik Feig, Lionsgate co-coo Steve Beeks, chief brand officer and president of worldwide theatrical marketing Tim Palen, president of acquisitions and co-productions Jason Constantine and president of domestic theatrical distribution David Spitz.

While the international sales portion of the theatrical business
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Rob Friedman steps down as co-chair of Lionsgate motion picture group

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The executive has been named special advisor, office of the CEO, the studio’s CEO Jon Feltheimer said on Friday.

Friedman has served nearly five years at Lionsgate since it acquired Summit Entertainment and in that time has worked with Patrick Wachsberger to assemble a mighty slate, although the last year or so has seen a number of titles perform below expectations.

Motion picture group co-chair Wachsberger will remain in place and continues to also oversee the company’s international sales operation.

The motion pictures group leadership team includes motion picture group co-president Erik Feig, Lionsgate co-coo Steve Beeks, chief brand officer and president of worldwide theatrical marketing Tim Palen, president of acquisitions and co-productions Jason Constantine and president of domestic theatrical distribution David Spitz.

While the international sales portion of the theatrical business has continued to be robust, Lionsgate has faltered at the North American box office following the end of the Hunger Games franchise.

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Warner Home Video Joins 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Fray

Warner Home Video become the third major studio to announce 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc releases Wednesday, announcing that it will initially release four titles on the new format: “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “San Andreas,” “The Lego Movie” and “Pan.”

The studio gave no specific release date, but said these four titles will be “quickly” followed by new theatrical features issued on the same day as their regular Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases, along a selection of catalog titles throughout the year including “Man of Steel” and “Pacific Rim.”

By the end of 2016, Warner says it will have over 35 titles available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. To complement the disc releases, Warner Bros. will also expand the titles available on 4K Ultra HD with Hdr via digital retailers. Dolby Atmos will also be included on select titles for a truly immersive home theater experience.

“We are excited to take this
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Sony Pictures Becomes Second Studio to Announce Ultra HD Films on Disc

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (Sphe) became the second studio to announce Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc releases, fueling speculation that the disc format may be in store for a resurgence.

Sony’s first batch of releases in the ultra-high-definition format, set to arrive on an unspecified date in early 2016, will include “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” “Salt,” “Hancock,” “Chappie,” “Pineapple

Express” and “The Smurfs 2,” followed, the studio announced Tuesday, “by a growing roster of titles including new release film and television content.”

“By some estimates, consumers will own over 100 million Ultra HD television sets by 2019,” said Sphe president Man Jit Singh. “Sony Pictures’ 4K Ultra HD Discs will deliver consumers the ultimate home theater experience, with stunning picture and sound quality.”

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment was the first studio to announce a slate of upcoming Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc releases. At Ifa 2015 in Berlin in early September, on the heels
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Lionsgate lands Us on 'Robinson Crusoe'

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Us pact for StudioCanal’s 3D family adventure follows recent deal on The Commuter.

Lionsgate has picked up Us rights to 3D family adventure Robinson Crusoe from StudioCanal.

The film will be released wide in the Us by Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label in mid-2016 following StudioCanal’s European release.

The animated film brings to life the true story of Robinson Crusoe in 3D as seen through the eyes of his quirky companions, including his parrot Tuesday who dreams of exploring the world.

The film is directed by Ben Stassen and Vincent Kesteloot and produced by nWave Pictures.

The announcement comes on the heels of Lionsgate’s acquisition from StudioCanal of Us rights to the thrillers The Commuter, starring Liam Neeson, and Our Kind of Traitor, starring Ewan McGregor.

Robinson Crusoe is a timeless adventure classic that has enthralled families since it was first published and the exceptional quality of Ben and Vincent’s 3D animation will help
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Lionsgate lands Us on 'Robinson Crusoe 3D'

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Us pact for StudioCanal family adventure follows recent deal on The Commuter.

Lionsgate has picked up Us rights to 3D family adventure Robinson Crusoe from StudioCanal.

The film will be released wide in the Us by Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label in mid-2016 following StudioCanal’s European release.

The animated film brings to life the true story of Robinson Crusoe in 3D as seen through the eyes of his quirky companions, including his parrot Tuesday who dreams of exploring the world.

The film is directed by Ben Stassen and Vincent Kesteloot and produced by nWave Pictures.

The announcement comes on the heels of Lionsgate’s acquisition from StudioCanal of Us rights to the thrillers The Commuter, starring Liam Neeson, and Our Kind of Traitor, starring Ewan McGregor.

Robinson Crusoe is a timeless adventure classic that has enthralled families since it was first published and the exceptional quality of Ben and Vincent’s 3D animation will help introduce
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Lionsgate snaps up two from StudioCanal

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The studio has picked up Us rights to Liam Neeson starrer The Commuter and Our Kind Of Traitor starring Ewan McGregor.

The Commuter will star Neeson as an ordinary businessman on his way home who gets caught up in a criminal conspiracy.

Byron Willinger and Phil de Blasi wrote the screenplay and The Picture Company’s Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman are producing.

McGregor star opposite Naomie Harris in John Le Carre spy adaptation Our Kind Of Traitor. Susanna White directs and The Ink Factory and Potboiler Productions produce.

The Commuter and Our Kind of Traitor are two suspenseful, action-packed, star-driven additions to our film slate that we expect to continue our successful partnership with StudioCanal dating back to our breakout hit The Last Exorcist,” said Lionsgate co-coo and motion picture group president Steve Beeks.

“We look forward to working closely with Rodolphe and the entire StudioCanal team as they continue to supply us with a commercially
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Lionsgate Buys Liam Neeson’s ‘The Commuter,’ Ewan McGregor’s ‘Our Kind of Traitor’

Lionsgate Buys Liam Neeson’s ‘The Commuter,’ Ewan McGregor’s ‘Our Kind of Traitor’
Lionsgate is buying U.S. rights for a pair of suspense films from StudioCanal — Liam Neeson’s upcoming “The Commuter,” and the completed “Our Kind of Traitor,” starring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts.

The deals were closed Friday at the American Film Market.

The Commuter,” which will be shot in New York in the spring, centers on a businessman caught up in a criminal conspiracy during his daily commute home. The movie is being produced by The Picture Company’s Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman with StudioCanal.

No director is attached to “The Commuter,” which has a script written by Hossein Amini, Byron Willinger and Phil de Blasi.

“Our Kind of Traitor,” which was filmed last year by Susanna White, is based on the John le Carre novel of the same name. The story centers on a couple who are on vacation in Morocco and run afoul of a Russian oligarch,
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‘Shaun the Sheep’ Premiere Is a Sheer Delight

Shaun the Sheep” was ready for his closeup with his own movie, which Lionsgate unspooled Saturday in Westwood’s Regency Village theater with an interactive green carpet. They brought the farm with booths offering balloon toys, bumper cars and photo ops with Shaun.

The writing-directing team of Mark Burton and Richard Starzak said Shaun was ready for a spinoff thanks to his hugely popular TV show, which plays in 170 territories, as Starzak pointed out. Shaun made his debut in the 1995 Oscar-winning “Wallace and Gromit” short “A Close Shave.”

“He’s gotten quite big-headed and wants his own dry cleaner,” Burton said. “Very popular character, the farmer,” Starzak added. “He’s got a very big part in the film anyway.”

Jason Constantine, Lionsgate president of acquisitions and co-productions, said, “Aardman (Animation, the production company) for years and years has been the gold standard when it comes to stop motion and great family entertainment.
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Lionsgate Extends Steve Beeks for 3 Years

Lionsgate given a three-year extension to Steve Beeks, its co-chief operating officer and president of its motion picture group.

The studio made the disclosure May 6 in an 8K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission and said the extension had gone into effect April 1.

Beeks joined Lionsgate as part of its 2003 acquisition of Artisan Entertainment, where he had been an executive since 1998. He became co-chief operating officer in 2007 and president of the motion picture group in 2012, when he signed a long-term employment agreement.

As motion picture group president, he’s reported to co-chairs Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger and overseen the financial and planning decisions for films, which have included the “Hunger Games,” “Now You See Me” and “Divergent” franchises. Lionsgate became the first independent studio to top $1 billion in annual domestic grosses in 2012.

The filing said Beeks will continue to oversee the company’s day-to-day operations and strategic initiatives
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Lionsgate UK COO Guy Avshalom leaves company

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Exclusive: Lionsgate UK COO leaves indie-major, looks to partner with Red Bus Group.

In a surprise move, Lionsgate UK and long-time company COO Guy Avshalom have parted ways.

Industry veteran Avshalom was instrumental in the strategic, corporate and business transactions at the UK division of the indie-major, which he joined in 2005 after the mini-studio acquired Redbus Film Distribution.

Avshalom, an executive producer on The Expendables 3, Filth and Olympus Has Fallen, also played a key role in inking distribution deals with the likes of Netflix, BSkyB and iTunes.

The London-based veteran is now understood to be lining up a return to Red Bus through a joint media venture with Red Bus Group, the investment firm that came into existence as an offshoot of Redbus Film Distribution.

Lionsgate confirmed the departure in a statement to ScreenDaily.

Steve Beeks, co-chief operating officer and motion picture group president, said: “Since we acquired Redbus Film Distributors in 2005, Guy has played a key role
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Lionsgate UK co-founder Guy Avshalom leaves company

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Exclusive: Lionsgate UK co-founder leaves indie-major, looks to partner with Red Bus Group.

In a surprise move, Lionsgate UK and long-time company COO and co-founder Guy Avshalom have parted ways.

Industry veteran Avshalom was instrumental in the strategic, corporate and business transactions at the UK division of the indie-major, which he joined in 2005 after the mini-studio acquired Redbus Film Distribution.

Avshalom, an executive producer on The Expendables 3, Filth and Olympus Has Fallen, also played a key role in inking distribution deals with the likes of Netflix, BSkyB and iTunes.

The London-based veteran is now understood to be lining up a return to Red Bus through a joint media venture with Red Bus Group, the investment firm that came into existence as an offshoot of Redbus Film Distribution.

Lionsgate confirmed the departure in a statement to ScreenDaily.

Steve Beeks, co-chief operating officer and motion picture group president, said: “Since we acquired Redbus Film Distributors in 2005, Guy has played
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