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Jon Feltheimer
Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Bio PDF: Jon_Feltheimer,_Lionsgate.doc
 

Jon Feltheimer was named Chief Executive Officer of Lionsgate in March 2000; his title expanded to include the role of Co-Chairman in June 2005. His blueprint for Lionsgate's growth, combining the flexibility and entrepreneurial culture of an independent with the financial and strategic relationships of a major studio and the structure and consumer focus of a top digital age company, draws upon his 25-year career in the entertainment industry.

During Mr. Feltheimer's tenure, Lionsgate has grown into the leading next generation filmed entertainment studio through a combination of organic growth and accretive strategic acquisitions. With the acquisitions of Artisan Entertainment, Trimark Holdings and other available libraries, Lionsgate now manages one of the most prestigious and prolific libraries in the entertainment industry with 12,000 titles, a diverse portfolio of businesses and an exciting, commercially potent feature film slate of 12 to 15 releases a year.

Lionsgate's feature film slate has generated more than $400 million at the North American box office in the past 12 months. The Company has achieved approximately 7% North American theatrical box office market share for calendar year 2009 to date, propelled by such hits as TYLER PERRY’S MADEA GOES TO JAIL, the second highest-grossing film in Lionsgate history, and MY BLOODY VALENTINE 3D. Other recent successes include SAW V, the latest installment of the most popular long-running horror franchise in history, RELIGULOUS, FORBIDDEN KINGDOM, RAMBO and THE BANK JOB.  Lionsgate has earned 31 Academy Award® nominations and seven Oscar® wins over the past nine years, more than any other independent studio.

The highly diversified company also features a vibrant television business with several prime-time cable and broadcast network series, including the Emmy Award-winning drama series “Mad Men” and “Weeds,” and a syndicated portfolio through its Debmar-Mercury television distribution arm that includes Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne,” “The Wendy Williams Show,” Tyler Perry’s “Meet the Browns,” “Family Feud” and “South Park.” Lionsgate’s $600-million-a-year home entertainment business has 7% market share and the industry’s highest box office-to-DVD conversion rate, including such recent hit titles as TRANSPORTER 3, SAW V, and TYLER PERRY’S THE FAMILY THAT PREYS. Lionsgate is also building a portfolio of new channel businesses, including FEARnet, the branded horror channel operated with partners Sony and Comcast, now approaching the 30 million subscriber mark, and EPIX, the new premium entertainment channel with partners Viacom and MGM. The company recently announced the acquisition of TV Guide Network and TV Guide.com. TV Guide is one of the 25 most widely distributed networks in the country, reaching 83 million households.

During Mr. Feltheimer’s nine-year tenure as CEO, Lionsgate has increased its revenues from approximately $180 million in 2000 to a projected $1.5 billion this year, grown its market capitalization, built a strong balance sheet supported by significant available cash and a $340 million JPMorgan credit facility, and created a unique and successful business model.

In addition to the Artisan and Trimark purchases, Lionsgate has continued to grow its business through a series of acquisitions. In October 2005, Lionsgate acquired Redbus Film Distributors (subsequently renamed Lionsgate U.K.), which has expanded the Company’s presence in the international arena. In July 2006, the Company purchased Debmar-Mercury, extending Lionsgate’s reach into television syndication with such syndicated successes as Tyler Perry's “House of Payne” and “Meet the Browns,” Paramount’s “South Park,” “Family Feud,” the “Wendy Williams Show,” and E! Entertainment’s “True Hollywood Stories.”

In August 2007, Lionsgate acquired the independent production and distribution company Mandate Pictures, which subsequently released the box office hit and Best Picture Academy Award® nominee JUNO, as well as HAROLD AND KUMAR 2 and NICK AND NORA’S INFINITE PLAYLIST. Lionsgate made a 42 percent equity investment in Break.com, the leading online site for young men ages 18-34, and a 43 percent investment in Roadside Attractions, an independent film production and distribution platform. Lionsgate has also created a vibrant global distribution infrastructure that includes the product of a growing roster of third parties including Relativity Media, Gold Circle Films, Miramax, Televisa and StudioCanal, in addition to Lionsgate’s own content.

Before joining Lionsgate, Mr. Feltheimer spent nine years at Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE). He engineered the creation of TriStar Television as part of SPE's acquisition of television assets from New World Entertainment Ltd. He was subsequently named head of the Columbia TriStar Television Group, head of Sony Entertainment Television and executive vice president of SPE, leading the television group's evolution into an international powerhouse that launched or partnered in nearly 30 branded channels, regional networks and co-production ventures around the world. While at Sony, Feltheimer's strong creative talent relationships helped lead to such hits as “Mad About You,” “The Nanny,” “Dawson’s Creek,” “Party of Five” and “King Of Queens,” and he oversaw the company's distribution business, including the syndication launches of shows as diverse as “Seinfeld” and “Ricki Lake,” as well as managing the Company.

 
Michael Burns
Vice Chairman
Bio PDF: Michael_Burns_Bio.doc
 
Since joining Lionsgate's Board of Directors in 1999 and becoming Vice Chairman of Lionsgate in March 2000, Mr. Burns has joined with CEO Jon Feltheimer in building Lionsgate into the leading next generation filmed entertainment studio.  Reflecting Mr. Burns' conversance with the digital marketplace, Lionsgate has also been a leader in leveraging its content into fresh digital media initiatives including the Company’s significant equity investment in leading viral content marketer Break media, as well as launching the FEARnet VOD and Internet horror channel with partners Sony and Comcast.  Mr. Burns has also been involved in the 2009 launch of EPIX, the Company's new premium entertainment channel with partners Viacom and MGM. In addition to his leadership of Lionsgate's corporate management team, Mr. Burns has played a key role in the acquisition, production and distribution of some of Lionsgate's most successful films, including the Best Picture Academy Award® -winning CRASH (2006), the Oscar® - winning MONSTER’S BALL, this year’s Oscar nominated PRECIOUS, and the award winning documentary, The Cove.

Under the stewardship of Messrs. Burns and Feltheimer, Lionsgate has grown its annual revenue to a projected $1.6 billion this year.  Lionsgate has acquired and integrated such companies as Trimark Holdings (2000), Artisan Entertainment (2003), UK-based Redbus Film Distribution (2005), the Debmar-Mercury television syndication company (2006), independent film production and distribution studio Mandate Pictures (2007), and most recently acquired TV Guide Network and TV Guide.com. The company is also owner of a prestigious and prolific 12,000-title library. Mr. Burns is currently a director of TV Guide Network and Break Media.

Lionsgate’s diversified portfolio also features a vibrant television business including the Emmy Award-winning “Mad Men” and critical sensations, “Nurse Jackie” and “Weeds,” as well as a $600-million-a-year home entertainment business with 7% industry market share.

Mr. Burns has been profiled or featured in such varied major media outlets as AMC’s Sunday Morning Shootout, Barron's, BloombergTV, Business Week, CBS MarketWatch, CNBC "Power Lunch" and “Fast Money”, Dow Jones, the Financial Times of London, Fortune, The New York Times, Reuters and The Wall Street Journal, and has been a featured speaker on a wide range of media, trade and other issues as well as a contributing writer for the Huffington Post.

Mr. Burns’ business career began at IBM where he was awarded his classes Performance Leader Award in 1980. During his Wall Street career Mr. Burns formerly passed the Series 3 (commodity futures), 5 (interest rate options), 7 (general securities), 8 (sales supervision), 24 (general securities principal) and 63 (uniform state law) exams and was registered with various state and federal agencies such as the NASD (now FINRA). He served for nine years as managing director and head of Prudential Securities’ Los Angeles investment banking office and specialized in raising equity within the media and entertainment industry. Prior to joining Prudential, he spent nine years at Shearson/American Express in New York and Los Angeles. On the entrepreneurial front, Mr. Burns has served as chairman of Ignite Entertainment, a Los Angeles-based entertainment production company, was cofounder of the Hollywood Stock Exchange (www.hsx.com) and serves as chairman of Novica.com (www.novica.com) one of the largest handmade gift and home décor websites in the world. Novica works directly with artists and artisans around the world with offices in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Novica is headquartered in Los Angeles and partnered with National Geographic, Scripps Ventures and the World Bank.

Mr. Burns graduated with a B.S. from Arizona State University and received his M.B.A. from the John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management at the University of California at Los Angeles where he has recently joined its distinguished Board of Visitors. 
 
 
Steve Beeks
President and Co-Chief Operating Officer
Bio PDF: bio_beeks.pdf
 

Steve Beeks was named President of Lionsgate in February 2004; his title was expanded to include the role of Co-Chief Operating Officer in 2007. Beeks joins Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer, Vice Chairman Michael Burns, and Co-Chief Operating Officer Joe Drake as a member of Lionsgate’s senior team. He is responsible for all corporate operations, plays a key role in the strategic direction for the Company and is involved in all major production and distribution decisions. He also has direct oversight of Lionsgate UK and Lionsgate Australia as well as Lionsgate’s home entertainment businesses, including packaged media and all digital media initiatives.

Following the merger of Lionsgate and Artisan, Lionsgate’s home entertainment division has emerged as one of the largest and most powerful in the industry, capturing nearly 7% market share for the year to date. Under Mr. Beeks’ stewardship, the Lionsgate filmed entertainment library has maintained a trend of steady growth year-over-year and is on track for nearly $275 million in revenue this year.

Beeks previously served as President of Artisan Home Entertainment, which he joined in January 1998, following the purchase of the Company by Bain Capital. The revenue of the division grew from $115 million to $300 million during his tenure. As president of the division, he spearheaded the marketing, advertising, sale and distribution of Artisan’s theatrical films and extensive library of feature films in the videocassette and DVD market as well as overseeing the acquisition and/or production of new programming.

Previously, Mr. Beeks started Hallmark Home Entertainment, for the Hallmark Cards Company, as an independent home video distributor in October 1994, distributing filmed entertainment produced by the Company as well as several other independent suppliers. He became one of the leading independent home video distributors with exclusive relationships with The Samuel Goldwyn Company, October Films, Showtime Original Pictures and others.

From early 1986 until early 1994, he was Vice President, Business Development for The Paragon Group, a limited partnership formed to invest in the entertainment industry, and Executive Vice President and President, Home Entertainment Group for Republic Pictures Corporation.

Mr. Beeks holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California

 

 
Joe Drake
President, Motion Picture Group and Co-Chief Operating Officer
Bio PDF: Joe_Drake_Bio.pdf
 

When Mandate Pictures was acquired by Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) in August 2007, Joe Drake returned to his old stomping grounds as co-chief operating officer and president of Lionsgate’s motion picture group, with oversight of all areas of the company’s theatrical production, distribution, marketing, acquisition and international theatrical operations. He joins Lionsgate Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer, Vice Chairman Michael Burns and co-Chief Operating Officer Steve Beeks as a member of the senior decision-making team of the fast-growing $1 billion-plus diversified company, the leading independent filmed entertainment studio.

Joe is founder and CEO of Mandate Pictures, an independent entertainment company dedicated to the self-financing, development and production of filmed entertainment. Drake has been the driving force since launching the Company (previously Senator International) in 2005, which aims to deliver broad-appeal films to studios and major independents worldwide.

Mandate has carved a distinctive signature in the world marketplace with the blockbuster The Grudge, Harold & Kumar and Boogeyman franchises and a diverse portfolio of other hits including Jason Reitman's sleeper hit Juno, starring Ellen Page (Hard Candy), Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman, which has earned four Academy Award (R) nominations (including Best Picture) and grossed more than $100 million at the domestic box office, Marc Forster's Stranger Than Fiction, The Messengers, directed by Danny and Oxide Pang and the horror film 30 Days of Night.  Mandate's horror films are produced and released through Ghost House Pictures, the successful horror label run as a joint venture between Drake and legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (Spider Man franchise, The Evil Dead) and his partner, Rob Tapert.

Mandate's upcoming theatrical slate includes the crime thriller Horsemen, starring Dennis Quaid and Ziyi Zhang; and the New Line Cinema comedy sequel Harold & Kumar 2, which features the directorial debut of the films’ writers Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg.

Formerly president of Lionsgate International, Drake structured that division to be a premier supplier of theatrical feature films to the independent world. He oversaw worldwide sales and distribution of Lionsgate’s international programming and championed such projects as Nicolas Cage’s Shadow of The Vampire, the highly controversial American Psycho and the Oscar ® and Golden Globe ® nominee Amores Perros. Before joining Lionsgate, Drake served as senior vice president of international theatrical at Rysher Entertainment.
 
Jim Keegan
Chief Financial Officer
Bio PDF: bio_keegan.pdf
 

Jim Keegan is Chief Financial Officer of Lionsgate and is responsible for all aspects of the Company's financial planning, forecasting, financial management, accounting and capital structure.  A 20-year veteran of the entertainment industry, he has previously served as Chief Financial Officer of such entertainment companies as Artisan Entertainment and Trimark Pictures.

Mr. Keegan is a member of Lionsgate's senior decision-making team.  During his five-year tenure with the Company, Lionsgate has implemented streamlined and centralized state-of-the-art accounting systems, bolstered its credit facilities and strengthened its balance sheet through a series of convertible subordinated debenture and secondary stock offerings. 

Mr. Keegan began his career at the Big Four accounting firm Price Waterhouse Coopers.  He joined the entertainment industry as a manager of pay television accounting at Columbia Pictures Television.  He was subsequently promoted to director of pay TV accounting at Columbia Pictures Television and then was named Controller of the RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video joint venture.

He became Controller of Trimark Pictures Home Video in 1988 and, the following year, began an eight year tenure as Chief Financial Officer of Trimark Pictures, where he played an integral role in taking the Company public in 1989.  He worked four years as Chief Financial Officer of Artisan Entertainment before being recruited to join Lionsgate as Chief Financial Officer in late 2002.  Lionsgate's capitalization has grown from several hundred million dollars to more than 1 billion during Mr. Keegan's tenure and its revenues have more than tripled.
 
Wayne Levin
General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Corporate Operations
Bio PDF: Wayne_Levin_Bio.pdf
 

Wayne Levin is General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Corporate Operations for Lionsgate.  He is the Company's senior legal and business affairs executive and is a member of Lionsgate's senior decision-making team.  He reports to Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer in his capacity as General Counsel and to President and co-Chief Operating Officer Steve Beeks in his operational capacity.
 
In addition to his operational management responsibilities, Mr. Levin has successfully negotiated and drafted a wide range of agreements, including agreements related to mergers, acquisitions, corporate restructurings and securities offerings.  He has played a key role in Lionsgate's growth strategy, negotiating and overseeing the acquisitions and subsequent integration of such companies as Artisan Entertainment, Redbus Holdings (subsequently renamed Lionsgate U.K.), Debmar-Mercury and Mandate Pictures as well as Lionsgate's equity investments in Roadside Attractions and Break.com.

Mr. Levin was also the architect of Lionsgate's $400 million theatrical slate financing with a Goldman Sachs-led consortium of financial institutions (Pride Pictures) and the Company's $140 million theatrical and television slate financing with Quebec-based Societe generale de financement du Quebec.  In addition, he manages closely the legal and business aspects of Lionsgate's relationship with top creative talent such as Tyler Perry, the Twisted Pictures' principals (the Saw franchise) and After Dark Films.  

In his entertainment work, Mr. Levin has concluded agreements related to motion picture financing, including German tax funds and sale/lease-backs, slate financing transactions, acquisitions, negative pick-ups, co-productions, and distribution agreements, including output deals and home video revenue sharing arrangements.   He has also concluded various motion picture production agreements including writer, producer, director, actor and other talent arrangements.  Mr. Levin has negotiated with all major and independent studios and television networks.
 
Prior to joining the Company when Lionsgate acquired Trimark Holdings in October 2000, Mr. Levin headed up the Business & Legal Affairs department at Trimark Pictures from 1996 through 2000. 

Mr. Levin worked in private practice for several years before joining Trimark Pictures. His practice primarily emphasized entertainment law, criminal law, and litigation. He completed a number of jury trials and arbitration proceedings as lead attorney.

Mr. Levin has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law for Southwestern University School of Law since 1994. As a professor of law for advanced entertainment studies, he teaches courses that outline the production, distribution and financing of theatrical motion pictures and the primary collective bargaining agreements. 

Mr. Levin earned a B.S. from UCLA in 1985 and a J.D. from Southwestern in 1988.  He was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1988.

 
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