Creator / Lionsgate

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Lionsgate Films (originally stylized as Lions Gate Films prior to 2005) is the most commercially successful independent movie studio to date. This company is well-known for producing the Saw and Hostel series. Also produced movies such as The Forbidden Kingdom, The Spirit, American Psycho, the Cube series, Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore and The Final.

Lions Gate was originally founded in Vancouver from the ashes of defunct Canadian distributor Cinepix Film Properties 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 2004, acquiring Artisan Entertainment, which went under several different names (first USA Home Video, then International Video Entertainment (IVE), then Live Entertainment); they had also acquired the library of one of their 1980's rivals, Vestron Video. In 2009, after pulling their contracts from Showtime, Lionsgate, MGM and Paramount formed Epix, a premium network that's smaller in scale than its competition.

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 The Hunger Games, which has the makings of a Cash Cow Franchise with as many as three sequels coming in the next five years. In January 2012, Lions Gate acquired Summit Entertainment, the studio behind the Twilight film franchise, for $412.5 million.

2016 saw them acquiring rival premium TV network Starz, and their boatload of networks and properties (including Anchor Bay Entertainment and the back catalogue of Film Roman), from John Malone for $4.4 billion. Lionsgate would ultimately sell their stake in Epix to MGM, who would assume full ownership of the network after also buying Viacom's stake.

Films produced or distributed by Lions Gate (including films originally from Vidmark/Trimark, Live/Artisan and Vestron):

TV series produced or distributed by Lions Gate:


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