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'''Lions Gate Films''' (styled as '''Lionsgate''') is the most commercially successful independent movie studio to date. This company is well-known for producing the ''Film/{{Saw}}'' and ''Film/{{Hostel}}'' series. Also produced movies such as ''Film/TheForbiddenKingdom'', ''Film/TheSpirit'', ''Film/AmericanPsycho'', the ''Film/{{Cube}}'' series, ''Fahrenheit 9/11'' by Creator/MichaelMoore and ''Film/TheFinal''.

Lions Gate was originally founded in UsefulNotes/{{Vancouver}} by investor Frank Giustra, who named the company after the Lions Gate Bridge. In 2000, the studio acquired Trimark Pictures (formerly Vidmark). It expanded by, in 2004, acquiring Artisan Entertainment, which went under several different names (first USA Home Video, then International Video Entertainment (IVE), then Live Entertainment).

The company had been recently having financial issues due to a number of flops and a few hostile takeover attempts by famed corporate raider Carl Icahn (who has a history of buying floundering businesses and making things worse than before). Icahn dumped his one-third stake in Lionsgate in August, 2011 for $7 a share, a significant haircut after what turned out to be the roaring success of ''Film/TheHungerGames'', which has the makings of a CashCowFranchise with as many as three sequels coming in the next five years. In January 2012, Lions Gate acquired Creator/SummitEntertainment, the studio behind the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' film franchise, for $412.5 million.

!!Films produced or distributed by Lions Gate (including films originaly from Vidmark/Trimark and Live/Artisan):
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* ''Film/{{Abduction}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/AlphaAndOmega''
* ''Film/AmericanPsycho''
* ''Film/TheBlairWitchProject''
* ''Film/{{Bratz}}''
* ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods''
* ''Film/{{Crash}}''
* ''Film/{{Cube}}''
* ''Film/DirtyDancing''
* ''Film/{{Dogma}}''
* ''Film/TheExpendables'' series
* ''Film/TheForbiddenKingdom''
* ''Film/GingerSnaps''
* ''Film/GodsAndMonsters''
* ''Film/GoingOverboard''
* The ''Film/{{Hostel}}'' series
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' movies:
** ''Film/TheHungerGames''
** ''Film/TheHungerGamesCatchingFire''
** ''Film/TheHungerGamesMockingjay'' (Parts 1 and 2)
* ''Film/KickAss''
* The ''Film/{{Leprechaun}}'' series
* The ''Film/LesBoys'' series (first four films only; fifth film distributed by [=eOne=] Canada, mostly in Quebec)
* ''Film/TheLincolnLawyer''
* ''Film/MonstersBall''
* ''Film/{{Pi}}''
* ''Film/ThePunisher'' (2004 film)
* The ''Franchise/{{Rambo}}'' series (Lions Gate holds the home video rights to the first three films)
* ''Film/TheRedViolin''
* ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera''
* The ''Film/{{Saw}}'' series
* ''Film/TheSpirit''
* ''Film/{{Warrior}}''
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!!TV series produced or distributed by Lions Gate:
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* ''Series/MadMen''
* ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack''
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987'' (held the home video rights until Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} and Creator/{{Paramount}} acquired the rights to the TMNT franchise)
* ''Series/{{Weeds}}''
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