Move Reflects Rapid Growth of Lionsgate's Location-Based Entertainment Business & Other Brand Extensions Worldwide
SANTA MONICA, Calif. and VANCOUVER, Aug. 22, 2017 -- On the heels of last week's announcement of Lionsgate's (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) first outdoor branded theme park at Jeju Island, Korea, Kerry Phelan has been promoted to President of Global Franchise Management, it was announced today by Lionsgate Chief Brand Officer and President of Worldwide Marketing Tim Palen, to whom she reports.
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Since joining Lionsgate three years ago, Ms. Phelan has helped leverage Lionsgate's large and diversified portfolio of film and television properties across multiple platforms and created significant new incremental business for the studio.  Under her direction and the oversight of Mr. Palen, the newly-formed Franchise Management Group has created brand extensions spanning location-based and live entertainment venues, consumer products, licensed merchandise, brand partnerships and an array of promotional ventures.
Under her leadership, Lionsgate has enhanced its global brand by launching location-based entertainment initiatives worldwide that feature premium consumer experiences built around blockbuster film properties including The Hunger Games, Twilight and Now You See Me.  Recently-announced projects include the Lionsgate Movie World outdoor theme park in Korea, the state-of-the-art Lionsgate Entertainment World indoor theme park currently under development in China, and multiple, smaller indoor Lionsgate Entertainment City centers planned for high-traffic consumer destinations in the U.S. and Europe.
In addition, Lionsgate recently launched a 125-city "La La Land in Concert" world tour, inspired by its multiple Academy Award® winning blockbuster film.  The tour debuted to rave reviews at the Hollywood Bowl in May.
"Kerry Phelan is an astute strategist and brand builder who understands how to extend the life of our film and television properties by attracting partners and engaging fans around the world," said Mr. Palen. "Her promotion reflects not only her vision and leadership but the continued rapid growth of our tremendous portfolio of IP and the Company's commitment to both."
Ms. Phelan's team has partnered with best-in-class companies including Hasbro, Funko and BioWorld for the licensing and merchandising of products based on Lionsgate's brands, ranging from toys and apparel to costumes and collectibles. They have also worked with major global brands including GapKids, Kellogg's and Samsung on promotional activations to supplement the reach of Lionsgate's marketing campaigns and drive box office.
Prior to joining Lionsgate, Ms. Phelan was head of consumer products and licensing for DreamWorks Animation for seven years.  She also worked at Pixar overseeing the consumer products & marketing partnership business during the launch of Pixar's blockbuster franchise Cars.
Her first job in entertainment was at Lucasfilm Ltd., where she led the global consumer products & promotional licensing business for the Star Wars brand.  She started her career at LEGO Systems Inc. as a brand marketer and ultimately became a senior member of their brand marketing group.
The first major new studio in decades, Lionsgate is a global content platform whose films, television series, digital products and linear and over-the-top platforms reach next generation audiences around the world.  In addition to its filmed entertainment leadership, Lionsgate content drives a growing presence in interactive and location-based entertainment, gaming, virtual reality and other new entertainment technologies.  Lionsgate's content initiatives are backed by a 16,000-title film and television library and delivered through a global licensing infrastructure.  The Lionsgate brand is synonymous with original, daring and ground-breaking content created with special emphasis on the evolving patterns and diverse composition of the Company's worldwide consumer base.
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NEW YORK (September 21, 2017) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all rights in North America, Latin America and Scandanavia to Samuel Maoz's FOXTROT. The film is the official Oscar submission from Israel and has screened at the Venice, Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals to rave reviews. It won the Grand Jury prize at Venice, as well as eight Ophir Awards including Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor.
With biting humor and social satire, FOXTROT dances with fate. An Israeli couple opens their door, only to see army officials on their doorstep who tell them their soldier son has been killed. Much of the film deals with the young soldier as he mans an isolated checkpoint.
Having worked together previously on LEBANON, FOXTROT marks the second film between Maoz and Sony Pictures Classics. The Match Factory and Sony Pictures Classics have partnered together on a number of films including THE LUNCHBOX, WALTZ WITH BASHIR and most recently TONI ERDMANN.
"FOXTROT is a rare, fresh, suspenseful and important movie. Once you've experienced all of its surprises, you will never be the same. It is great to be in business with Samuel, Eitan Mansuri, and Michael Weber from The Match Factory once again," said Sony Pictures Classics.
Said Samuel Maoz, "It was a huge compliment when Sony Pictures Classics took my first film LEBANON and now I’m proud and glad they did it again. I think it’s the beginning of a beautiful friendship."
"The rhythm has changed, in 2009 it was the Waltz (with Bashir), this time its the Foxtrot, I’m delighted about dancing with my friends at Sony Pictures Classics again," stated Michael Weber.
"We are happy and excited to go in the Oscar journey together with Sony Pictures Classics, it’s the best fit for our film," added Eitan Mansuri.
FOXTROT is produced by Eitan Mansuri of Spiro Films, Michael Weber and Viola Fügen of Pola Pandora, Cedomir Kolar and Marc Baschet of A.S.A.P. Films and Michel Merkt of KNM and is co-produced by Jonathan Doweck of Spiro Films and Jamal Zeinal Zade of Bord Cadre films.
The deal was negotiated between Sony Pictures Classics and The Match Factory with ICM Partners, who co-repped the film.
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Candid Career-Spanning Interview On The Howard Stern Show
21 September 2017 (Toronto, ON) – Marilyn Manson releases“KILL4ME”, the second single from his forthcoming album Heaven Upside Down, to be released on October 6 via Loma Vista Recordings / Concord Records / Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company.  Manson asks his fans to brutally pledge their devotion on the industrial rock anthem. The new single follows the release of “WE KNOW WHERE YOU FUCKING LIVE”, which “trolled the dark frenetic territory that made Manson a God-live figure to so many” (Bloody Disgusting) and is matched by a sinister NSFW video. Listen to the new single,“KILL4ME”, here.
Manson recemtly gave candid career-spanning interview on The Howard Stern Show on Sirius XM. He talked matching back tattoos with Johnny Depp, his reconciliation with Trent Reznor and even let Howard read his text messages from Justin Bieber. Listen to some clips from the interview here.
Manson’s sensationalist music and art that rejects conservative values created an icon who has infiltrated fashion, television, film and music, and whose fingerprints coat modern culture. 20 years into his career, Manson is still a lightning rod of controversy and the pageantry and debauchery of his life are perfectly intact.
On September 27, Manson will kick off a world tour which includes a date in Toronto at Rebel Nightclub on October 5.  For a full list of tour details, visit Manson’s website.  
Early raves for Heaven Upside Down:
“Aggressive, intense” – ROLLING STONE
 “Ferocious” – HOWARD STERN
“Menacing” – BILLBOARD
“Snarling” – SPIN
“A brutal power-chord riff and Manson’s blood-curdling howls” – STEREOGUM 
“Fuck-shit-up attitude” REVOLVER
“Cinematic and densely layered while frenetic and unsettling”LOUDWIRE

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  5. KILL4ME
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