UA vs. Lions Gate

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  1. Jo_C

    Jo_C Second Unit

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    Well, it seems to me we now have two major independent studios releasing films, each getting "at each other's throats", shall we say. United Artists and Lion's Gate Films.

    When you factor that so far this year Lion's Gate has had more film releases than United Artists, they have the upper hand...perhaps trying to steal away audiences from UA films and complicating the difficulties UA parent company MGM has already had.

    UA had a chance to snatch "Dogville", one of the most talked about films at Cannes. Lion's Gate beat them. Now they have a chance at "The Passion", Mel Gibson's controversial film about the life of Christ.

    If Lion's Gate snags the rights, UA will have a tough time getting your money at the box office this season...especially now that we're nearing Oscar time.

    So techincally speaking it is a boxing match between UA and Lion's Gate. It is a war of the independents. And it's gonna get nasty...real, real nasty before one of them finally declares bankruptcy.
     
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    Go Lion's Gate!

    Me = stockholder
     
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    UA is in a rather different position than Lion's Gate, of course, in that UA is owned by MGM. MGM may funnel their indie projects into UA (and they've also removed their biggest cash cow - James Bond - from the UA banner), but they have more of a financial fallback cushion than Lion's Gate has. Then again, these days, with MGM being the only major studio not part of some kind of corporate conglomerate, they may just be as independent as Lion's Gate...

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  4. Jo_C

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    ...of course, I'm still awaiting the day when UA and Lion's Gate partner on a co-production...but we'll see who emerges as the true indpendent.
     
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    Legally Blonde cost $18 million and Legally Blonde 2 cost $45 million. MGM is making some relatively big-budget stuff besides Bond.
     
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