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Lionsgate Brings in John Sacchi to Head Micro-Budget Feature Division; Aims for Genre Projects Under $2.5 Million

Lionsgate is bringing in production executive John Sacchi to head a micro-budget feature film division within the company. The operation will aim for horror and comedy pictures under $2.5 million, and is inspired by the successful Paramount Insurge, which was created in the wake of the "Paranormal Activity" franchise, and last year produced "The Devil Inside," a $1 million-budgeted film that made over $100 million worldwide.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 17, 2013 11:39 AM
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Mandate Partners Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane Launch Good Universe Before Cannes

It's classic that just as an executive can claim a huge hit, he's out at the studio. Joe Drake's stewardship at the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group is a thing of the past, but he does have bragging rights to "The Hunger Games." Now he and longtime Mandate partner Nathan Kahane ("Juno") are launching new shingle Good Universe just in time for Cannes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 1, 2012 6:04 PM
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Jennifer Lawrence May Add Lionsgate's Adaptation of 'Glass Castle' Memoir to her Impressive Resume

Jennifer Lawrence's enviable career -- which includes the upcoming "The House at The End of the Street," "The Silver Linings Playbook," "Serena" and sequels to "The Hunger Games" and "X-Men: First Class" -- may get even better.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 23, 2012 4:05 PM
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Lionsgate Completes International Overhaul Before Cannes

As we reported, post January's merger with Summit, Lionsgate has reorganized its international team in the wake of two departing executives. As expected, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairman Patrick Wachsberger will lead the international group at the Cannes market.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 12, 2012 11:46 AM
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'The Cabin in the Woods' Review, Whedon & Goddard Talk, Latest Snarky Clip

Lionsgate acquisitions chief Jason Constantine rescued horror comedy "The Cabin in the Woods," co-written by producer Joss Whedon ("The Avengers") and rookie director Drew Goddard, from post-MGM limbo. (Lionsgate paid considerably less for worldwide rights than the $41 million MGM shelled out to make it.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 11, 2012 4:22 PM
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Behind the Lionsgate/Ross Breakup on the "The Hunger Games" Sequel

It's deja vu all over again. The director that established the first installment of a franchise is moving on. On April 6, The Playlist scooped the news that Gary Ross would leave "The Hunger Games" trilogy, and would not direct the "Catching Fire" sequel.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 11, 2012 1:44 PM
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First Watch: 'Cabin in the Woods' Covers Its Cliches in Horror Film Send-Up

"Cabin in the Woods" has a telling first clip: hilariously, the movie takes on horror cliches. See below.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • March 23, 2012 5:24 PM
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Take a Tour of the Capitol, 'The Hunger Games' Virtual City

Immerse yourself into the world of Panem with a tour of "The Hunger Games"'s capital city. You can enter by train, just like Katniss, to enjoy this exclusive personalized extension of the film and book...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 23, 2012 1:03 PM
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'The Hunger Games' Interview Round-Up: Cast Talk the Culture-Shifting Power of Dystopian Allegory (Video)

Lionsgate's "The Hunger Games" will boast an enormous box office debut on March 23 (some are forecasting a $140 million opening). That's thanks in large part to Jennifer Lawrence's performance as Katniss Everdeen, which is earning raves. Women starved for smart entertainment aimed at them will flock to the film.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 20, 2012 4:25 PM
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Lionsgate, Wrekin Hill to Release "Dark Tide" on VOD Before Theatrical Run

Lionsgate and Wrekin Hill Entertainment are teaming up to try a controversial distribution strategy for Wrekin Hill's upcoming action film "Dark Tide": release it on video before it gets to theaters.
  • By Anne Thompson and Jacob Combs
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  • January 20, 2012 12:00 PM
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