Buying DVDs at cheap prices or second hand for the littlest of potential is part of my experience. I also like searching for new movies using the power of the Internet. One technique that is commonly used in the library science world is berrypicking. The concept is to browse. Browse the stacks for books that did not come up, or browse the reference/notes sections of the source.
What Does the Timeline Mean?
Please, take notice there will not be CEO names, every acquisition, and there will not be references to movies/TV shows, people, etc… The dates mean nothing to me as well, but how do you have a timeline without the times. I have a hunch or a hypothesis that like things come in batches, so I go after the lists. IMDB can help out with the goal in mind, but I also like to check out the direct source when possible. Brands like “North Shore Studios” and “International Movie Group (IMG) do not even have a link on IMDB let alone a company website. This method of tracing a movie/TV show origins based on companies are not going after the big name movies that has happened in the last ten years. This method is an adventure for obscure, or older movies/TV shows that are just distant childhood memories.
I am starting with Lions Gate for a reason. I like their brand and their product. Once I started to research the history of Lions Gate I learned the complication of business, which I do not understand, and the different corporations that they have bought out since 1997. Also, I have already new they bought some of my favorite independent companies such as Artisan and Trimark.
Lions Gate also does not outsource to other companies when distribution is considered, which makes them a great case study.
This introduction also acts as a conclusion.
Image 1. Lions Gate Entertainment Logo
Lions Gate Shop | Lions Gate Television
Image 2. In 1997 Cinépix Film Properties and North Shore Studies were purchased along with the creation of Manadaly Pictures to form Lions Gate Entertainment. Lions Gate has sold Termite Art Productions (PRNewswire 1998, Jan 12), (PRNewswire 1998, Jun 03), (PRNewswire 1998, Sept 08) (Enchin, H. 1997, Sept 12).
Trimark (Garrett, D. 2000), (Prange, S. 2001).
Image 3. Trimark Pictures Logo from 1985 eventually sold to Lions Gate.
Sterling Home Entertainment LLC (2000-2005).
Image 4. Artisan was sold to Lions Gate.
Artisan Entertainment (Wall Street Journal 2003, Oct 28).
Image 5. A listing of what Lions Gate Purchased when buying Artisan.
Delmar Studios and Mercury Entertainment merge into Delmar-Mercury, 2006 (Andrews, M. 2006, July 13).
Mandate Pictures, 2007, (The Gazette (Montreal) 2007 Sept, 11).
Image 6. Mandate Pictures was sold to Lions Gate.
Roadside Attractions – 43 % Ownership, 2007 (Lions Gate 10-K Annual Report 2010).
Summit Entertainment,2012 (Mergers & Acquisitions Week 2012, Feb 1).
Image 7. Summit was sold to Lions Gate.
Grindstone Entertainment Group, 2014 (Lions Gate 10-K Annual Report 2014).
Overall there are around 299 subsidiaries of Lions Gate Entertainment and not all listings are shown above (Lions Gate 10-K Annual Report 2010) (Lions Gate 10-K Annual Report 2014), (Mergent Online 2014).
(1998, Jan 12). Independent film powerhouse cinepix films announces name change to lions gate films inc. PRNewswire Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/448012216?accountid=10559
(1998, Jun 03). Lions gate entertainment announces agreement to acquire international movie group. PRNewswire Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/448065498?accountid=10559
(1998, Sept 08). Lions gate media acquires assets of termite art productions. PR Newswire Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/449935309?accountid=10559
(2002, Feb 15). Lions gate posts 61% quarterly growth in revenue. PR Newswire Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/447719250?accountid=10559
(2003, Oct 28). Lion’s gate to acquire artisan entertainment. Wall Street Journal Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/398834806?accountid=10559
(2007 Sept, 11). Lionsgate devours Mandate Pictures. The Gazette (Montreal), Retrieved from http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/lnacademic
(2012, Feb 1). Lionsgate acquires summit entertainment for $412.5 million. Mergers & Acquisitions Week Retrieved from https://global-factiva-com.ezproxy2.library.drexel.edu/ha/default.aspx#./!?&_suid=140571806202906285488562090339
(2014). Mergent Online – Company Detail: Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., Mergent Online. Retrieved from http://www.mergentonline.com.ezproxy2.library.drexel.edu/companydetail.php?compnumber=68938&pagetype=synopsis
Andrews, M. (2006, July 13). Film studio Lionsgate acquires television distributor: Debmar-Mercury deal will enable studio to syndicate its own shows, retrieved from https://global-factiva-com.ezproxy2.library.drexel.edu/ga/default.aspx
Enchin, H. (1997, Sept 12), Former Yorkton head creates entertainment giant Lion’s Gate to be one of country’s biggest TV, film ventures, The Globe and Mail, retrieved from https://global-factiva-com.ezproxy2.library.drexel.edu/ga/default.aspx
Garrett, D. (2000). Trimark, lions gate mull merger. Video Business, 20(21), 5. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/223915426?accountid=10559
Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. (2010). 10-K Annual Report 2010. Retrieved from Mergent Online database http://www.mergentonline.com/
Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. (2014). 10-K Annual Report 2014. Retrieved from Mergent Online database http://www.mergentonline.com/
Prange, S. (2001). Lions gate restructures home entertainment. Video Store Magazine, 23(3), 11-11,20. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/197588801?accountid=10559
- Image 1, 3, 4, 6, 7 intellectual property is owned by Lions Gate.
- Image 1 was obtained by AxG from Logopedia.
- Image 3 was obtained by Augi2000 from Logopedia.
- Image 4 was obtained by Bigvoice313 from Logopedia.
- Image 6 was obtained by Bigvoice313 from Logopedia.
- Image 7 was obtained by Proliwweled from Logopedia.
- Images 2 and 5 were created by me, and are mine.
- I have 14 sources that I have created in the reference section.
- I have not referenced any movies, people, TV shows, etc…
- I have referenced 29 to 32 (depending on which ones you count) movie/TV (production/distributing) companies.
- Some links are to IMDB, and some are to the corporations official site.
- Maybe, I will start breaking down some individual movies.