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UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
 
Form 10-Q
(Mark One)
     
þ   QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the quarterly period ended December 31, 2009
or
     
o   TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the transition period from                                           to                                         
Commission File No.: 1-14880
 
Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
     
British Columbia, Canada
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
  N/A
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)
 
1055 West Hastings Street, Suite 2200
Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 2E9
and
2700 Colorado Avenue, Suite 200
Santa Monica, California 90404

(Address of principal executive offices)
 
(877) 848-3866
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
 
     Indicate by check mark whether the registrant: (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes þ  No o
     Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files). Yes o  No o
     Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act:
             
Large accelerated filer þ   Accelerated filer o   Non-accelerated filer o   Smaller reporting company o
        (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)    
     Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes o  No þ
     Indicate the number of shares outstanding of each of the registrant’s classes of common stock, as of the latest practicable date.
           
 
  Title of Each Class     Outstanding at February 1, 2010  
 
Common Shares, no par value per share
    117,836,146 shares  
 
 
 

 


 

TABLE OF CONTENTS
             
Item   Page  
 
  PART I - FINANCIAL INFORMATION        
 
           
  Financial Statements     4  
  Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations     40  
  Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk     70  
  Controls and Procedures     71  
 
           
 
  PART II - OTHER INFORMATION        
 
           
  Legal Proceedings     72  
  Risk Factors     72  
  Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds     75  
  Defaults Upon Senior Securities     76  
  Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders     76  
  Other Information     76  
  Exhibits     76  
 EX-10.72
 EX-10.73
 EX-10.74
 EX-10.75
 EX-10.76
 EX-31.1
 EX-31.2
 EX-32.1

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FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
     This report contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terms such as “may,” “intend,” “will,” “could,” “would,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “potential,” “believe,” “estimate,” or the negative of these terms, and similar expressions intended to identify forward-looking statements.
     These forward-looking statements reflect Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.’s current views with respect to future events and are based on assumptions and are subject to risks and uncertainties. Also, these forward-looking statements present our estimates and assumptions only as of the date of this report. Except for our ongoing obligation to disclose material information as required by federal securities laws, we do not intend to update you concerning any future revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this report.
     Actual results in the future could differ materially and adversely from those described in the forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including, but not limited to, the substantial investment of capital required to produce and market films and television series, increased costs for producing and marketing feature films, budget overruns, limitations imposed by our credit facilities, unpredictability of the commercial success of our motion pictures and television programming, the cost of defending our intellectual property, difficulties in integrating acquired businesses, technological changes and other trends affecting the entertainment industry, and the risk factors found herein and under the heading “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on June 1, 2009, and in Exhibit 99.1 to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on October 13, 2009, which risk factors are incorporated herein by reference.
     Unless otherwise indicated, all references to the “Company,” “Lionsgate,” “we,” “us,” and “our” include reference to our subsidiaries as well.

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PART I — FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Item 1. Financial Statements.
LIONS GATE ENTERTAINMENT CORP.
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                 
    December 31,     March 31,  
    2009     2009  
    (Amounts in thousands,  
    except share amounts)  
ASSETS
               
Cash and cash equivalents
  $ 105,090     $ 138,475  
Restricted cash
    706       10,056  
Restricted investments
    6,995       6,987  
Accounts receivable, net of reserve for returns and allowances of $83,578 (March 31, 2009 - $98,947) and provision for doubtful accounts of $8,961 (March 31, 2009 - $9,847)
    255,377       227,010  
Investment in films and television programs, net
    731,289       702,767  
Property and equipment, net
    35,359       42,415  
Finite-lived intangible assets, net
    74,412       78,904  
Goodwill
    376,853       379,402  
Other assets
    113,026       81,234  
 
           
Total assets
  $ 1,699,107     $ 1,667,250  
 
           
 
               
LIABILITIES
               
Senior revolving credit facility
  $ 12,000     $ 255,000  
Senior secured second-priority notes
    225,488        
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities
    244,969       270,561  
Participations and residuals
    286,656       371,857  
Film and production obligations
    397,068       304,525  
Subordinated notes and other financing obligations
    200,064       281,521  
Mandatorily redeemable preferred stock units held by noncontrolling interest
    91,454        
Deferred revenue
    136,977       142,093  
 
           
Total liabilities
    1,594,676       1,625,557  
 
           
 
               
Commitments and contingencies
               
 
               
SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
               
Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. shareholders’ equity:
               
Common shares, no par value, 500,000,000 shares authorized, 117,834,653 and 116,950,512 shares issued at December 31, 2009 and March 31, 2009, respectively
    515,728       494,724  
Accumulated deficit
    (438,347 )     (441,153 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss
    (5,091 )     (11,878 )
 
           
Total Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. shareholders’ equity
    72,290       41,693  
Noncontrolling interest
    32,141        
 
           
Total equity
    104,431       41,693  
 
           
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity
  $ 1,699,107     $ 1,667,250  
 
           
See accompanying notes.

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LIONS GATE ENTERTAINMENT CORP.
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
                                 
    Three Months     Three Months     Nine Months     Nine Months  
    Ended     Ended     Ended     Ended  
    December 31,     December 31,     December 31,     December 31,  
    2009     2008     2009     2008  
    (Amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)  
Revenues
  $ 371,783     $ 324,027     $ 1,153,167     $ 1,003,204  
Expenses:
                               
Direct operating
    208,907       218,451       620,013       565,761  
Distribution and marketing
    160,303       170,400       347,531       458,782  
General and administration
    39,571       27,472       123,142       96,380  
Depreciation and amortization
    6,685       1,575       21,087       4,376  
 
                       
Total expenses
    415,466       417,898       1,111,773       1,125,299  
 
                       
Operating income (loss)
    (43,683 )     (93,871 )     41,394       (122,095 )
 
                       
Other expenses (income):
                               
Interest expense
                               
Contractual cash based interest
    7,655       3,497       18,040       10,406  
Amortization of debt discount, deferred financing costs and accretion of redeemable preferred stock units
    9,104       4,615       22,725       14,502  
 
                       
Total interest expense
    16,759       8,112       40,765       24,908  
Interest and other income
    (420 )     (860 )     (1,228 )     (5,062 )
Loss (gain) on extinguishment of debt
    1,783       (3,023 )     (5,675 )     (3,023 )
 
                       
Total other expenses, net
    18,122       4,229       33,862       16,823  
 
                       
Income (loss) before equity interests and income taxes
    (61,805 )     (98,100 )     7,532       (138,918 )
Equity interests loss
    (6,903 )     (1,695 )     (10,548 )     (5,841 )
 
                       
Loss before income taxes
    (68,708 )     (99,795 )     (3,016 )     (144,759 )
Income tax provision (benefit)
    (1,752 )     (2,039 )     259       1,292  
 
                       
Net loss
    (66,956 )     (97,756 )     (3,275 )     (146,051 )
Add: Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest
    1,697             6,081        
 
                       
Net income (loss) attributable to Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. Shareholders
  $ (65,259 )   $ (97,756 )   $ 2,806     $ (146,051 )
 
                       
 
                               
Basic Net Income (Loss) Per Common Share
  $ (0.55 )   $ (0.84 )   $ 0.02     $ (1.25 )
 
                       
Diluted Net Income (Loss) Per Common Share
  $ (0.55 )   $ (0.84 )   $ 0.02     $ (1.25 )
 
                       
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:
                               
Basic
    117,745       115,765       117,381       117,018  
Diluted
    117,745       115,765       117,579       117,018  
See accompanying notes.

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LIONS GATE ENTERTAINMENT CORP.
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
                                                         
    Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. Shareholders                    
                            Accumulated                    
                            Other                    
    Common Shares     Accumulated     Comprehensive     Noncontrolling     Comprehensive        
    Number     Amount     Deficit     Income (Loss)     Interest     Income     Total  
    (Amounts in thousands, except share amounts)  
Balance at March 31, 2009, as adjusted (Note 10)
    116,950,512     $ 494,724     $ (441,153 )   $ (11,878 )   $             $ 41,693  
Stock based compensation, net of withholding tax obligations of $1,733
    759,810       10,008                                       10,008  
Issuance of common shares to directors for services
    100,665       573                                       573  
Sale of TV Guide Network common stock units to noncontrolling interest
            (167 )                     38,222               38,055  
Equity component of April 2009 3.625% Notes, net of $3.9 million reduction for February 2005 3.625% Notes extinguished in the April 2009 exchange transaction (Note 10)
            14,761                                       14,761  
Reduction of equity component for October 2004 2.9375% Notes and February 3.625% Notes extinguished in December 2009 (Note 10)
            (4,171 )                                     (4,171 )
Comprehensive income
                                                       
Net income (loss)
                    2,806               (6,081 )   $ (3,275 )     (3,275 )
Foreign currency translation adjustments
                            6,628               6,628       6,628  
Net unrealized gain on foreign exchange contracts
                            159               159       159  
 
                                                     
Comprehensive income
                                          $ 3,512          
 
                                         
Balance at December 31, 2009
    117,810,987     $ 515,728     $ (438,347 )   $ (5,091 )   $ 32,141             $ 104,431  
 
                                           
See accompanying notes.

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LIONS GATE ENTERTAINMENT CORP.
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
                 
    Nine Months     Nine Months  
    Ended     Ended  
    December 31,     December 31,  
    2009     2008  
    (Amounts in thousands)  
Operating Activities:
               
Net income (loss) attributable to Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. shareholders
  $ 2,806     $ (146,051 )
Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest
    (6,081 )      
 
           
Net loss
    (3,275 )     (146,051 )
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash used in operating activities:
               
Depreciation of property and equipment
    11,174       3,616  
Amortization of films and television programs
    429,474       315,614  
Amortization of debt discount, deferred financing costs and accretion of redeemable preferred stock units
    22,725       14,502  
Amortization of intangible assets
    9,913       760  
Non-cash stock-based compensation
    11,741       12,027  
Gain on extinguishment of debt
    (5,675 )     (3,023 )
Equity interests loss
    10,548       5,841  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
               
Restricted cash
    9,350       (6,700 )
Accounts receivable, net
    (22,966 )     72,945  
Investment in films and television programs
    (457,271 )     (471,308 )
Other assets
    (2,315 )     (12,191 )
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities
    (30,305 )     26,826  
Participations and residuals
    (85,802 )     24,696  
Film obligations
    (20,019 )     58,711  
Deferred revenue
    (5,399 )     7,826  
 
           
Net Cash Flows Used In Operating Activities
    (128,102 )     (95,909 )
 
           
Investing Activities:
               
Purchases of restricted investments
    (13,994 )      
Proceeds from the sale of restricted investments
    13,985        
Investment in equity method investees
    (41,342 )     (15,886 )
Increase in loans receivable
    (362 )     (28,767 )
Repayment of loans receivable
    8,333        
Purchases of property and equipment
    (4,228 )     (6,465 )
 
           
Net Cash Flows Used In Investing Activities
    (37,608 )     (51,118 )
 
           
Financing Activities:
               
Exercise of stock options
          2,894  
Tax withholding requirements on equity awards
    (1,733 )     (3,134 )
Repurchase and cancellation of common shares
          (44,968 )
Proceeds from the sale of 49% interest in TV Guide Network
    122,355        
Borrowings under senior revolving credit facility
    170,000        
Repayments of borrowings under senior revolving credit facility
    (413,000 )      
Borrowings under individual production obligations
    134,587       117,662  
Repayment of individual production obligations
    (111,885 )     (165,298 )
Production obligation borrowings under Pennsylvania Regional Center credit facility
    57,000       8,758  
Production obligation borrowings under film credit facility
    32,217        
Proceeds from sale of senior secured second-priority notes
    216,232        
Repurchase of subordinated notes
    (75,185 )     (5,310 )
Repayment of other financing obligations
    (615 )      
 
           
Net Cash Flows Provided By (Used In) Financing Activities
    129,973       (89,396 )
 
           
Net Change In Cash And Cash Equivalents
    (35,737 )     (236,423 )
Foreign Exchange Effects on Cash
    2,352       (4,453 )
Cash and Cash Equivalents — Beginning Of Period
    138,475       371,589  
 
           
Cash and Cash Equivalents — End Of Period
  $ 105,090     $ 130,713  
 
           
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LIONS GATE ENTERTAINMENT CORP.
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
1. General
     Nature of Operations
     Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. (the “Company,” “Lionsgate,” “we,” “us” or “our”) is the leading next generation studio with a diversified presence in the production and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, home entertainment, family entertainment, video-on-demand and digitally delivered content.
     Basis of Presentation
     The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Lionsgate and all of its majority-owned and controlled subsidiaries.
     The unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with United States (the “U.S.”) accounting principles generally accepted (“GAAP”) for interim financial information and the instructions to Form 10-Q under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), and Article 10 of Regulation S-X under the Exchange Act. Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and footnotes required by U.S. GAAP for complete financial statements. In the opinion of the Company’s management, all adjustments (consisting only of normal recurring adjustments) considered necessary for a fair presentation have been reflected in these unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements. Operating results for the three and nine months ended December 31, 2009 are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2010. The balance sheet at March 31, 2009 has been derived from the audited financial statements at that date, but does not include all the information and footnotes required by U.S. GAAP for complete financial statements. The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements should be read together with the consolidated financial statements and related notes included in Exhibit 99.5 to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on October 13, 2009.
     Certain amounts presented for fiscal 2009 have been reclassified to conform to the fiscal 2010 presentation.
     Net Loss Attributable to Noncontrolling interest
     As discussed in Note 12, the net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest in the consolidated statements of operations and shareholders’ equity represents the noncontrolling interest’s 49% share of the net loss incurred by TV Guide Network for the period from May 28, 2009 through December 31, 2009.
     Use of Estimates
     The preparation of financial statements in conformity with U.S. GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements, and the reported amounts of revenue and expenses during the reporting period. The most significant estimates made by management in the preparation of the financial statements relate to ultimate revenue and costs for investment in films and television programs; estimates of sales returns and other allowances and provisions for doubtful accounts; fair value of assets and liabilities for allocation of the purchase price of companies acquired; income taxes and accruals for contingent liabilities; and impairment assessments for investment in films and television programs, property and equipment, equity investments, goodwill and intangible assets. Actual results could differ from such estimates.
     Recent Accounting Pronouncements
     In June 2009, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued Statement of Financial Accounting Standard (“SFAS”) No. 168, The FASB Accounting Standards Codification and the Hierarchy of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, a replacement of FASB Statement No. 162 (“SFAS No. 168”). This statement modifies the GAAP hierarchy by establishing only two levels of GAAP, authoritative and nonauthoritative accounting literature. Effective July 2009, the FASB Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”), also known collectively as the “Codification,” is considered the single source of authoritative U.S. accounting and reporting standards, except for additional authoritative rules and interpretive releases issued by the SEC. Nonauthoritative

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guidance and literature would include, among other things, FASB Concepts Statements, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Issue Papers and Technical Practice Aids and accounting textbooks. The Codification was developed to organize GAAP pronouncements by topic so that users can more easily access authoritative accounting guidance. It is organized by topic, subtopic, section, and paragraph, each of which is identified by a numerical designation. The Company has adopted the Codification prospectively beginning in the second quarter of fiscal 2010, resulting in no impact on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.
     Accounting for noncontrolling interest in consolidated subsidiaries. The Company adopted new accounting guidance that changes the accounting and reporting for minority interests, which are recharacterized as noncontrolling interests and classified as a component of equity. This new consolidation method changes the accounting for transactions with noncontrolling interest holders. We adopted this standard beginning in the first quarter of fiscal 2010 (see Note 12).
     Accounting for certain convertible debt instruments. The Company adopted new accounting guidance that specifies that issuers of convertible debt instruments that may be settled in cash upon either mandatory or optional conversion (including partial cash settlement) should separately account for the liability and equity components in a manner that will reflect the entity’s nonconvertible debt borrowing rate when interest cost is recognized in subsequent periods. The Company adopted this standard beginning in the first quarter of fiscal 2010 (see Note 10).
     Subsequent events. The Company adopted new accounting guidance related to the accounting for and disclosure of subsequent events that occur after the balance sheet date. Entities are also required to disclose the date through which subsequent events have been evaluated and the basis for that date. The Company adopted this standard beginning in the first quarter of fiscal 2010 and has evaluated subsequent events through the date of issuance, February 9, 2010, resulting in no impact on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.
     Consolidation accounting for variable interest entities. This new accounting guidance modifies the previous guidance in relation to the identification of controlling financial interests in a variable interest entity (“VIE”). This analysis identifies the primary beneficiary of a VIE as the enterprise that has both of the following characteristics, among others: (a) the power to direct the activities of a VIE that most significantly impact the entity’s economic performance; and (b) the obligation to absorb losses of the entity, or the right to receive benefits from the entity, that could potentially be significant to the VIE. If an enterprise determines that power is shared among multiple unrelated parties such that no one party has the power to direct the activities of a VIE that most significantly impact the VIE’s economic performance, then no party is the primary beneficiary. Power is shared if each of the parties sharing power are required to consent to the decisions relating to the activities that most significantly impact the VIE’s performance. The provisions of this standard will become effective for the Company beginning in fiscal 2011. The Company is currently evaluating the impact of this standard on the Company’s VIEs. Based upon the Company’s initial review and its current business and ownership structure of one of its VIEs, TV Guide Network, the Company may no longer be required to consolidate TV Guide Network, effective April 1, 2010.
2. Restricted Cash and Restricted Investments
     Restricted Cash. Restricted cash represents amounts on deposit with financial institutions that are contractually designated for certain theatrical marketing obligations.
     Restricted Investments. Restricted investments, which are measured at fair value, represent amounts held in investments that are contractually designated as collateral for certain production obligations. The carrying amounts of these restricted investments are equal to their respective fair values as of December 31, 2009 and March 31, 2009. At December 31, 2009 and March 31, 2009, restricted investments consist of United States Treasury Bills bearing an interest rate of 0.165%, maturing May 13, 2010.

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3. Investment in Films and Television Programs
                 
    December 31,     March 31,  
    2009     2009  
    (Amounts in thousands)  
Motion Picture Segment — Theatrical and Non-Theatrical Films
               
Released, net of accumulated amortization
  $ 250,871     $ 262,067  
Acquired libraries, net of accumulated amortization
    46,872       56,898  
Completed and not released
    24,751       55,494  
In progress
    234,854       149,402  
In development
    10,043       6,732  
Product inventory
    43,189       40,392  
 
           
 
    610,580       570,985  
 
           
Television Segment — Direct-to-Television Programs
               
Released, net of accumulated amortization
    88,350       77,973  
In progress
    29,106       51,619  
In development
    2,565       1,445  
 
           
 
    120,021       131,037  
 
           
Media Networks
               
Released, net of accumulated amortization
    352        
In progress
    336       745  
 
           
 
    688       745  
 
           
 
  $ 731,289     $ 702,767  
 
           
     The following table sets forth acquired libraries that represent titles released three years prior to the date of acquisition, and amortized over their expected revenue stream from acquisition date up to 20 years:
                                         
            Total     Remaining     Unamortized Costs     Unamortized Costs  
Acquired           Amortization     Amortization     December 31,     March 31,  
Library   Acquisition Date     Period     Period     2009     2009  
            (In years)     (Amounts in thousands)  
Trimark
  October 2000     20.00       10.75     $ 5,263     $ 6,280  
Artisan
  December 2003     20.00       14.00       39,434       47,255  
Modern
  August 2005     20.00       15.50       1,288       2,462  
Lionsgate UK
  October 2005     20.00       15.75       887       901  
 
                                   
Total Acquired Libraries                   $ 46,872     $ 56,898  
 
                                   
     The Company expects approximately 44% of completed films and television programs, net of accumulated amortization, will be amortized during the one-year period ending December 31, 2010. Additionally, the Company expects approximately 80% of completed and released films and television programs, net of accumulated amortization and excluding acquired libraries, will be amortized during the three-year period ending December 31, 2012.
4. Goodwill
     The changes in the carrying amount of goodwill by reporting segment were as follows in the nine months ended December 31, 2009:
                                 
    Motion             Media        
    Pictures     Television     Networks     Total  
    (Amounts in thousands)  
Balance as of March 31, 2009
  $ 210,293     $ 13,961     $ 155,148     $ 379,402  
TV Guide Network
                (2,549 )     (2,549 )
 
                       
Balance as of December 31, 2009
  $ 210,293     $ 13,961     $ 152,599     $ 376,853  
 
                       
     During the nine months ended December 31, 2009, goodwill decreased by $2.5 million due to the completion of the preliminary purchase price allocation of the identified tangible and intangible assets and liabilities assumed from the acquisition of the TV Guide Network.

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5. Finite-Lived Intangible Assets and Other Assets
     Finite-Lived Intangible Assets. Finite-lived intangible assets consist primarily of customer relationships and trademarks. The composition of the Company’s finite-lived intangible assets and the associated accumulated amortization is as follows as of December 31, 2009 and March 31, 2009:
                                                                 
    Weighted     Range              
    average     of     December 31, 2009     March 31, 2009  
    remaining     remaining     Gross             Net     Gross             Net  
    life in     life in     Carrying     Accumulated     Carrying     Carrying     Accumulated     Carrying  
    years     years     Amount     Amortization     Amount     Amount     Amortization     Amount  
    (Amounts in thousands)  
Finite-lived intangible assets:
                                                               
Customer relationships
    10       5—11     $ 66,340     $ 5,352     $ 60,988     $ 64,330     $ 530     $ 63,800  
Trademarks
    16       2—20       11,850       1,743       10,107       11,330       627       10,703  
Developed technology and patents
    2       2—6       3,710       1,470       2,240       3,740       147       3,593  
Distribution agreements
    2       2—4       4,031       2,954       1,077       1,598       790       808  
 
                                                   
Total finite-lived intangible assets
                  $ 85,931     $ 11,519     $ 74,412     $ 80,998     $ 2,094     $ 78,904  
 
                                                   
     The aggregate amount of amortization expense associated with the Company’s intangible assets for the three months ended December 31, 2009 and 2008 were $3.5 million and $0.2 million, respectively. The aggregate amount of amortization expense associated with the Company’s intangible assets for the nine-month periods ended December 31, 2009 and 2008 were $9.9 million and $0.8 million, respectively. The estimated aggregate amortization expense associated with the Company’s intangible assets, for the three-months ended March 31, 2010 and for each of the years ending March 31, 2011 through 2014 is approximately $2.7 million, $10.2 million, $7.1 million, $7.0 million, and $6.8 million, respectively.
     Other Assets. The composition of the Company’s other assets is as follows as of December 31, 2009 and March 31, 2009:
                 
    December 31,     March 31,  
    2009     2009  
    (Amounts in thousands)  
Deferred financing costs, net of accumulated amortization
  $ 20,734     $ 10,184  
Prepaid expenses and other
    6,651       6,025  
Loans receivable
    25,071       33,065  
Equity method investments
    60,570       31,960  
 
           
 
  $ 113,026     $ 81,234  
 
           
     Deferred Financing Costs
     Deferred financing costs primarily include costs incurred in connection with (1) an amended senior revolving credit facility (see Note 6), (2) the issuance of the Senior Secured Second-Priority Notes (see Note 7) and (3) the issuance of the October 2004 2.9375% Notes, the February 2005 3.625% Notes and the April 2009 3.625% Notes (see Note 10) that are deferred and amortized to interest expense using the effective interest method.
     Prepaid Expenses and Other
     Prepaid expenses and other primarily include prepaid expenses and security deposits.
     Loans Receivable
     Loans receivable at December 31, 2009 consist of a $16.7 million collateralized note receivable plus $0.4 million of accrued interest from a third party producer, and $7.1 million of notes receivable and $0.7 million of accrued interest from NextPoint, Inc. (“Break.com”), an equity method investee, as described below. At March 31, 2009, loans receivable consisted of a $25.0 million collateralized note receivable plus $0.8 million of accrued interest from a third party producer, and $6.8 million of notes receivable and $0.3 million of accrued interest from Break.com.

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     Equity Method Investments
     The carrying amount of significant equity method investments at December 31, 2009 and March 31, 2009 were as follows:
                 
    December 31,     March 31,  
    2009     2009  
    (Amounts in thousands)  
Horror Entertainment, LLC (“FEARnet”)
  $ 887     $ 845  
NextPoint, Inc. (“Break.com”)
    17,078       17,542  
Roadside Attractions, LLC
    1,735       2,062  
Studio 3 Partners, LLC (“EPIX”)
    40,870       11,511  
 
           
 
  $ 60,570     $ 31,960  
 
           
     Equity interests in equity method investments in our unaudited condensed consolidated statements of operations represent our portion of the income or loss of our equity method investee based on our percentage ownership. Equity interests in equity method investments for the three and nine months ended December 31, 2009 and 2008 were as follows (income (loss)):
                                 
    Three Months     Three Months     Nine Months     Nine Months  
    Ended     Ended     Ended     Ended  
    December 31,     December 31,     December 31,     December 31,  
    2009     2008     2009     2008  
    (Amounts in thousands)  
Horror Entertainment, LLC (“FEARnet”)
  $ 83     $ (1,373 )   $ (312 )   $ (3,783 )
NextPoint, Inc. (“Break.com”)
    165       (208 )     (466 )     (1,354 )
Roadside Attractions, LLC
    (230 )     134       (327 )     (244 )
Studio 3 Partners, LLC (“EPIX”)
    (6,921 )     (248 )     (9,443 )     (460 )
 
                       
 
  $ (6,903 )   $ (1,695 )   $ (10,548 )   $ (5,841 )
 
                       
     Horror Entertainment, LLC. Represents the Company’s 33.33% interest in Horror Entertainment, LLC (“FEARnet”), a multiplatform programming and content service provider of horror genre films operating under the branding of “FEARnet.” The Company licenses content to FEARnet for video-on-demand and broadband exhibition. The Company made capital contributions to FEARnet of $0.3 million in April 2009. The Company is recording its share of the FEARnet results on a one quarter lag and, accordingly, during the nine months ended December 31, 2009, the Company recorded 33.33% of the loss incurred by FEARnet through September 30, 2009.
     NextPoint, Inc. Represents the Company’s 42% equity interest in NextPoint, Inc. (“Break.com”), an online home entertainment service provider operating under the branding of “Break.com.” The interest was acquired on June 29, 2007 for an aggregate purchase price of $21.4 million which included $0.5 million of transaction costs, by issuing 1,890,189 of the Company’s common shares. The value assigned to the shares for purposes of recording the investment of $20.9 million was based on the average price of the Company’s common shares a few days prior and subsequent to the date of the closing of the acquisition. The Company is recording its share of the Break.com results on a one quarter lag and, accordingly, during the nine months ended December 31, 2009, the Company recorded 42% of the loss incurred by Break.com through September 30, 2009.
     Roadside Attractions, LLC. Represents the Company’s 43% equity interest acquired on July 26, 2007 in Roadside Attractions, LLC (“Roadside”), an independent theatrical releasing company. The Company has a call option which is exercisable for a period of 90 days commencing on the receipt of certain audited financial statements for the three years ended July 26, 2010, to purchase all of the remaining 57% equity interests of Roadside, at a price representative of the then fair value of the remaining interest. The estimated initial cost of the call option was de minimus since the option price is designed to be representative of the then fair value and is included within the investment balance. The Company is recording its share of the Roadside results on a one quarter lag and, accordingly, during the nine months ended December 31, 2009, the Company recorded 43% of the loss incurred by Roadside through September 30, 2009.

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     Studio 3 Partners, LLC (“EPIX”). In April 2008, the Company formed a joint venture with Viacom Inc. (“Viacom”), its Paramount Pictures unit (“Paramount Pictures”) and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (“MGM”) to create a premium television channel and subscription video-on-demand service named “EPIX”. The new venture has access to the Company’s titles released theatrically on or after January 1, 2009. Viacom provides operational support to the venture, including marketing and affiliate services through its MTV Networks division. The joint venture provides the Company with an additional platform to distribute its library of motion picture titles and television episodes and programs. The Company increased its initial 28.57% interest in EPIX to 31.15% during the quarter ended December 31, 2009. The Company has invested $51.2 million through December 31, 2009 and will fund additional amounts in the future. The Company is recording its share of the joint venture results on a one quarter lag and, accordingly, during the nine months ended December 31, 2009, the Company recorded 28.57% of the loss incurred by the joint venture through September 30, 2009.
     Certain of the Company’s theatrical releases have been made available to EPIX for exhibition in the domestic pay television window, for which $25.7 million of revenue and $17.2 million of gross profit was recognized by the Company in the nine months ended December 31, 2009. Intercompany profits reflecting our pro rata share of the venture of $5.3 million for the nine months ended December 31, 2009 were eliminated in the Equity interests loss line in our Consolidated Statements of Operations. Also reflected within Equity interests loss are $1.6 million and $4.1 million for our share of EPIX losses for the three and nine months ended December 31, 2009, respectively.
     EPIX launched operations during the current quarter and began amortization of its program cost and increased its marketing efforts, and as a result, EPIX expects to report losses of approximately $48.0 million for its quarter ended December 31, 2009, of which the Company’s pro rata share will be recorded in the quarter ended March 31, 2010.
6. Senior Revolving Credit Facility
     On September 30, 2009, the Company amended its senior revolving credit facility which allowed for the Company to issue certain senior secured second-priority notes and expand acceptable obligors included in the senior revolving credit facility’s borrowing base calculation. The amendment resulted in an increase of the interest rate of 0.25%, and an additional financial covenant was added, among other changes.
     At December 31, 2009, the Company had borrowings of $12.0 million (March 31, 2009 — $255 million) under its senior revolving credit facility. The availability of funds under its senior revolving credit facility is limited by a borrowing base and also reduced by outstanding letters of credit which amounted to $22.6 million at December 31, 2009 (March 31, 2009 — $46.7 million). At December 31, 2009, there was $305.4 million available under the senior revolving credit facility (March 31, 2009 — $38.3 million). The Company is required to pay a quarterly commitment fee based upon 0.375% per annum on the total senior revolving credit facility of $340 million less the amount drawn. The senior revolving credit facility expires July 25, 2013 and as of December 31, 2009, bore interest of 2.50% over the “Adjusted LIBOR” rate (effective interest rate of 2.73% and 2.75% as of December 31, 2009 and March 31, 2009, respectively). Obligations under the senior revolving credit facility are secured by collateral (as defined in the credit agreement) granted by the Company and certain subsidiaries of the Company, as well as a pledge of equity interests in certain of the Company’s subsidiaries. The senior revolving credit facility contains a number of affirmative and negative covenants that, among other things, require the Company to satisfy certain financial covenants and restrict the ability of the Company to incur additional debt, pay dividends and make distributions, make certain investments and acquisitions, repurchase its stock and prepay certain indebtedness, create liens, enter into agreements with affiliates, modify the nature of its business, enter into sale-leaseback transactions, transfer and sell material assets and merge or consolidate. Under the senior revolving credit facility, the Company may also be subject to an event of default upon a “change in control” (as defined in the senior revolving credit facility) which, among other things, includes a person or group acquiring ownership or control in excess of 20% of our common stock.
7. Senior Secured Second-Priority Notes
     On October 21, 2009, Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. (“LGEI”), one of the Company’s wholly-owned subsidiaries, issued $236.0 million aggregate principal amount of senior secured second-priority notes due 2016 (the “Senior Notes”) in a private offering conducted pursuant to Rule 144A and Regulation S under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”).
     The Senior Notes were issued by LGEI at an initial price of 95.222% (original issue discount — 4.778%) of the principal amount. The net proceeds, after deducting discounts, fees paid to the initial purchaser, and all transaction costs (including accrued legal, accounting and other professional fees) from the sale of the Senior Notes was approximately $214.2 million, which was used by LGEI to repay a portion of its outstanding debt under its senior revolving credit facility. The original issue discount, interest and deferred financing costs are being amortized through November 1, 2016 using the effective interest method.

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     The Senior Notes pay interest semi-annually on May 1 and November 1 of each year at a rate of 10.25% per year and mature on November 1, 2016.
     The Senior Notes are guaranteed on a senior secured basis by the Company, and certain wholly-owned subsidiaries of both the Company and LGEI.
     The Senior Notes are ranked junior in right of payment to the Company’s senior revolving credit facility, ranked equally in right of payment to the Company’s subordinated notes, and ranked senior to any of the Company’s unsecured debt, to the extent of the value of the respective collateral.
     The Senior Notes contain certain restrictions and covenants that, subject to certain exceptions, limit our ability to incur additional indebtedness, pay dividends or repurchase the Company’s common shares, make certain loans or investments, and sell or otherwise dispose of certain assets subject to certain conditions, among other limitations.
8. Participations and Residuals
     The Company expects approximately 78% of accrued participations and residuals will be paid during the one-year period ending December 31, 2010.
     Theatrical Slate Participation
     On May 25, 2007, the Company closed a theatrical slate participation arrangement, as amended on January 30, 2008. Under this arrangement, Pride Pictures, LLC (“Pride”), an unrelated entity, was to contribute, in general, 50% of the Company’s production, acquisition, marketing and distribution costs of theatrical feature films up to an aggregate of approximately $196 million, net of transaction costs. The funds available from Pride were generated from the issuance of subordinated debt instruments, equity and a senior revolving credit facility, which was subject to a borrowing base. The borrowing base calculation was generally based on 90% of the estimated ultimate amounts due to Pride on previously released films, as defined in the applicable agreements. The Company was not a party to the Pride debt obligations or their senior credit facility, and provided no guarantee of repayment of these obligations. The percentage of the contribution could vary on certain pictures. Pride participated in a pro rata portion of the pictures’ net profits or losses similar to a co-production arrangement based on the portion of costs funded. The Company distributed the pictures covered by the arrangement with a portion of net profits after all costs and the Company’s distribution fee being distributed to Pride based on their pro rata contribution to the applicable costs similar to a back-end participation on a film.
     Amounts provided from Pride are reflected as a participation liability. The difference between the ultimate participation expected to be paid to Pride and the amount provided by Pride is amortized as a charge to or a reduction of participation expense under the individual-film-forecast method.
     In late 2008, the administrative agent for the senior lenders under Pride’s senior credit facility took the position, among others, that the senior lenders did not have an obligation to continue to fund under the senior credit facility because the conditions precedent to funding set forth in the senior credit facility could not be satisfied. The Company was not a party to the credit facility. Consequently, Pride did not purchase the pictures The Spirit, My Bloody Valentine 3-D and Madea Goes To Jail. Thereafter, on April 20, 2009, after failed attempts by the Company to facilitate a resolution, the Company gave LG Film Finance I, LLC (“FilmCo”) and Pride notice that FilmCo, through Pride’s failure to make certain capital contributions, was in default of the Master Picture Purchase Agreement. On May 5, 2009, the representative for the Pride equity and the Pride mezzanine investor responded that the required amount was fully funded and that it had no further obligations to make any additional capital contributions. Consequently, on May 29, 2009, the Company terminated its theatrical slate participation arrangement with Pride.
     At December 31, 2009, $26.7 million (March 31, 2009, $83.8 million) was payable to Pride and is included in participations and residuals liability in the unaudited condensed consolidated balance sheets.
     Société Générale de Financement du Québec Filmed Entertainment Participation
     On July 30, 2007, the Company entered into a four-year filmed entertainment slate participation agreement with Société Générale de Financement du Québec (“SGF”), the Québec provincial government’s investment arm. SGF will provide up to 35% of production costs of television and feature film productions produced in Québec for a four-year period for an aggregate participation of up to $140 million, and the Company will advance all amounts necessary to fund the remaining budgeted costs. The maximum aggregate of

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budgeted costs over the four-year period will be $400 million, including the Company’s portion, but no more than $100 million per year. In connection with this agreement, the Company and SGF will proportionally share in the proceeds derived from the productions after the Company deducts a distribution fee, recoups all distribution expenses and releasing costs, and pays all applicable third party participations and residuals.
     Amounts provided from SGF are reflected as a participation liability. The difference between the ultimate participation expected to be paid to SGF and the amount provided by SGF is amortized as a charge to or a reduction of participation expense under the individual film forecast method. At December 31, 2009, $6.7 million (March 31, 2009, $3.2 million) was payable to SGF and is included in the participations and residuals liability in the unaudited condensed consolidated balance sheets. Under the terms of the arrangement, $35 million is available through July 30, 2010 and $35 million is available during the twelve-month period ending July 30, 2011, to be provided by SGF.
9. Film and Production Obligations
                 
    December 31,     March 31,  
    2009     2009  
    (Amounts in thousands)  
Film obligations
  $ 69,391     $ 88,814  
Production obligations
               
Individual production loans
    229,726       206,978  
Pennsylvania Regional Center production loans
    65,734       8,733  
Film Credit Facility
    32,217        
 
           
Total film and production obligations
    397,068       304,525  
Less film and production obligations expected to be paid within one year
    (172,233 )     (185,647 )
 
           
Film and production obligations expected to be paid after one year
  $ 224,835     $ 118,878  
 
           
Film Obligations
     Film obligations include minimum guarantees, which represent amounts payable for film rights that the Company has acquired and theatrical marketing obligations, which represent amounts that are contractually committed for theatrical marketing expenditures associated with specific titles.
Individual Production Loans
     Production obligations represent individual loans for the production of film and television programs that the Company produces. Individual production obligations have contractual repayment dates either at or near the expected completion date, with the exception of certain obligations containing repayment dates on a longer term basis. Individual production obligations of $191.2 million incur interest at rates ranging from 1.83% to 5.50%, and approximately $70.7 million of production obligations are non-interest bearing.
Pennsylvania Regional Center
     On April 9, 2008, the Company entered into a loan agreement with the Pennsylvania Regional Center, which provides for the availability of production loans up to $66,500,000 on a five year term for use in film and television productions in the State of Pennsylvania. The amount that can be borrowed is generally limited to approximately one half of the qualified production costs incurred in the State of Pennsylvania through the two-year period ended April 2010, and is subject to certain other limitations. Under the terms of the loan, for every dollar borrowed, the Company’s production companies are required (within a two-year period) to either create a specified number of jobs, or spend a specified amount in certain geographic regions in the State of Pennsylvania. Amounts borrowed under the agreement carry an interest rate of 1.5%, which is payable semi-annually, and the principal amount is due on the five-year anniversary date of the first borrowing under the agreement (i.e., April 2013). The loan is secured by a first priority security interest in the Company’s film library pursuant to an intercreditor agreement with the Company’s senior lender under the Company’s senior revolving credit facility. Pursuant to the terms of the Company’s senior revolving credit facility, the Company is required to maintain certain collateral equal to the loans outstanding plus 5% under this facility. Such collateral can consist of cash, cash equivalents or debt securities, including the Company’s subordinated debt repurchased. As of December 31, 2009, $72.8 million principal value of the Company’s subordinated debt repurchased in December 2009 (see Note 10) was held as collateral under the Company’s senior revolving credit facility.

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     All amounts borrowed under this loan agreement with the Pennsylvania Regional Center are due April 11, 2013, five years from the date that the Company began to borrow under this agreement.
Film Credit Facility
     On October 6, 2009, the Company, entered into a revolving film credit facility agreement, as amended effective December 31, 2009 (“Film Credit Facility”), which provides for borrowings for the acquisition or production of motion pictures. Currently, the Film Credit Facility provides for total borrowings up to $120 million and can be increased to $200 million if additional lenders or financial institutions become a party to and provide a commitment under the facility. The Film Credit Facility has a maturity date of April 6, 2013 and generally bears an interest rate of 3.25% over the “LIBO” rate (as defined in the credit agreement). The Company is required to pay a quarterly commitment fee of 0.75% per annum on the unused commitment under the Film Credit Facility. Borrowings under the Film Credit Facility are due the earlier of (a) nine months after delivery of each motion picture or (b) April 6, 2013. Borrowings under the Film Credit Facility are subject to a borrowing base calculation and are secured by interests in the related motion pictures, together with certain other receivables from other motion picture and television productions pledged by the Company, including a minimum pledge of such receivables of $25 million. Receivables pledged to the Film Credit Facility must be excluded from the borrowing base calculation under the Company’s senior revolving credit facility as described in Note 6. At December 31, 2009, the Company had borrowings of $32.2 million and $87.8 million available under the Film Credit Facility.
10. Subordinated Notes and Other Financing Obligations
     The following table sets forth the subordinated notes and other financing obligations outstanding at December 31, 2009 and March 31, 2009:
                 
    December 31,     March 31,  
    2009     2009  
    (Amounts in thousands)  
October 2004 2.9375% Convertible Senior Subordinated Notes
  $ 97,881     $ 127,253  
February 2005 3.625% Convertible Senior Subordinated Notes
    51,881       138,552  
April 2009 3.625% Convertible Senior Subordinated Notes
    35,201        
Other financing obligations
    15,101       15,716  
 
           
 
  $ 200,064     $ 281,521  
 
           
Subordinated Notes
     New Accounting Pronouncement. On April 1, 2009, the Company adopted a new accounting standard that specifies that issuers of convertible debt instruments that may be settled in cash upon conversion (including partial cash settlement) should separately account for the liability and equity components in a manner that will reflect the entity’s nonconvertible debt borrowing rate on the instrument’s issuance date when interest cost is recognized. Accordingly, a portion of the proceeds received is recorded as a liability and a portion is recorded as an addition to shareholders’ equity reflecting the equity component (i.e., conversion feature). The difference between the principal amount and the amount recorded as the liability component represents the debt discount. The carrying amount of the liability is accreted up to the principal amount through the amortization of the discount, using the effective interest method, to interest expense over the expected life of the note.
     Retrospective Impact of Application of New Accounting Pronouncement. The Company applied the provisions of this standard retrospectively to all periods presented resulting in an increase to interest expense of $3.8 million, a decrease to gain on extinguishment of debt of $0.5 million, an increase to net loss of $4.3 million and an increase in basic and diluted loss per share of $0.03 for the three months ended December 31, 2008. For the nine months ended December 31, 2008, the application of the provisions of the new accounting standard resulted in an increase to interest expense of $11.1 million, a decrease to gain on extinguishment of debt of $0.5 million, an increase to net loss of $11.6 million and an increase in basic and diluted loss per share of $0.10. Shareholders’ equity at March 31, 2009 was increased by $49.9 million consisting of the increase in the accumulated deficit of $54.5 million resulting from the cumulative change in interest expense from the date the notes were issued and changes in the previously reported gains on extinguishment of debt, net of the increase in common shareholders’ equity of $104.4 million, representing the carrying amount of the equity component of the notes.

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     Carrying Value. The following table sets forth the equity and liability components of the Company’s subordinated notes outstanding as of December 31, 2009 and March 31, 2009 as fully described below:
                 
    December 31,     March 31,  
    2009     2009  
    (Amounts in thousands)  
October 2004 2.9375% Convertible Senior Subordinated Notes:
               
Carrying amount of equity component
  $ 48,080     $ 50,074  
 
           
 
               
Carrying amount of liability component
               
Principal amount of October 2004 2.9375% Notes
  $ 110,035     $ 150,000  
Unamortized discount (remaining period of 2.0 and 2.8 years, respectively)
    (12,154 )     (22,747 )
 
           
Net carrying amount of October 2004 2.9375% Notes
  $ 97,881     $ 127,253  
 
           
 
               
February 2005 3.625% Convertible Senior Subordinated Notes:
               
Carrying amount of equity component
  $ 50,855     $ 54,355  
 
           
 
               
Carrying amount of liability component
               
Principal amount of February 3.625% Notes
  $ 59,479     $ 166,000  
Unamortized discount (remaining period of 2.3 and 3.0 years, respectively)
    (7,598 )     (27,448 )
 
           
Net carrying amount of February 2005 3.625% Notes
  $ 51,881     $ 138,552  
 
           
 
               
April 2009 3.625% Convertible Senior Subordinated Notes:
               
Carrying amount of equity component
  $ 16,085       N/A  
 
           
 
               
Carrying amount of liability component
               
Principal amount of April 2009 3.625% Notes
  $ 66,581       N/A  
Unamortized discount (remaining period of 5.3 years)
    (31,380 )     N/A  
 
           
Net carrying amount of April 2009 3.625% Notes
  $ 35,201       N/A  
 
           
     Interest Expense. The effective interest rate on the liability component and the amount of interest expense, which includes both the contractual interest coupon and amortization of the discount on the liability component, for the three and nine months ended December 31, 2009 and 2008 are presented below.
                                 
    Three Months     Three Months     Nine Months     Nine Months  
    Ended     Ended     Ended     Ended  
    December 31,     December 31,     December 31,     December 31,  
    2009     2008     2009     2008  
            (Amounts in thousands)          
October 2004 2.9375% Convertible Senior Subordinated Notes:
                               
Effective interest rate of liability component (9.65%)
                               
Interest Expense
                               
Contractual interest coupon
  $ 868     $ 1,102     $ 3,071     $ 3,305  
Amortization of discount on liability component
    2,092       1,924       6,141       5,602  
Amortization of debt issuance costs
    129       117       390       334  
 
                       
 
  $ 3,089     $ 3,143     $ 9,602     $ 9,241  
 
                       
 
                               
February 2005 3.625% Convertible Senior Subordinated Notes:
                               
Effective interest rate of liability component (10.03%)
                               
Interest Expense
                               
Contractual interest coupon
  $ 497     $ 1,560     $ 2,426     $ 4,732  
Amortization of discount on liability component
    1,393       1,999       4,304       5,886  
Amortization of debt issuance costs
    75       126       246       364  
 
                       
 
  $ 1,965     $ 3,685     $ 6,976     $ 10,982  
 
                       
 
                               
April 2009 3.625% Convertible Senior Subordinated Notes:
                               
Effective interest rate of liability component (17.26%)
                               
Interest Expense
                               
Contractual interest coupon
  $ 604       N/A     $ 1,683       N/A  
Amortization of discount on liability component
    902       N/A       2,305       N/A  
Amortization of debt issuance costs
    2       N/A       5       N/A  
 
                       
 
  $ 1,508       N/A     $ 3,993       N/A  
 
                       

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     October 2004 2.9375% Notes. In October 2004, LGEI sold $150.0 million of 2.9375% Convertible Senior Subordinated Notes (the “October 2004 2.9375% Notes”).
          Interest: Interest on the October 2004 2.9375% Notes is payable semi-annually on April 15 and October 15.
          Maturity Date: The October 2004 2.9375% Notes mature on October 15, 2024.
          Redeemable by Company: From October 15, 2009 to October 14, 2010, LGEI may redeem the October 2004 2.9375% Notes at 100.839%; from October 15, 2010 to October 14, 2011, LGEI may redeem the October 2004 2.9375% Notes at 100.420%; and thereafter, LGEI may redeem the October 2004 2.9375% Notes at 100%.
          Redeemable by Holder: The holder may require LGEI to repurchase the October 2004 2.9375% Notes on October 15, 2011, 2014 and 2019 or upon a change in control at a price equal to 100% of the principal amount, together with accrued and unpaid interest through the date of repurchase.
          Conversion Features: The holder may convert the October 2004 2.9375% Notes into the Company’s common shares prior to maturity only if the price of the Company’s common shares issuable upon conversion of a note reaches or falls below a certain specific threshold over a specified period, the notes have been called for redemption, a change in control occurs or certain other corporate transactions occur. Before the close of business on or prior to the trading day immediately before the maturity date, the holder may convert the notes into the Company’s common shares at a conversion rate equal to 86.9565 shares per $1,000 principal amount of the October 2004 2.9375% Notes, subject to adjustment in certain circumstances, which represents a conversion price of approximately $11.50 per share. Upon conversion of the October 2004 2.9375% Notes, the Company has the option to deliver, in lieu of common shares, cash or a combination of cash and common shares of the Company.
          Make Whole Premium: Under certain circumstances, if the holder requires LGEI to repurchase all or a portion of their notes or the holder converts the notes upon a change in control, they will be entitled to receive a make whole premium. The amount of the make whole premium, if any, will be based on the price of the Company’s common shares on the effective date of the change in control. No make whole premium will be paid if the price of the Company’s common shares at such time is less than $8.79 per share or exceeds $50.00 per share.
          Transaction: In December 2009, LGEI paid $38.0 million to repurchase $40.0 million of aggregate principal amount (carrying value — $35.5 million) of the October 2004 2.9375% Notes and recorded a loss on extinguishment of $0.8 million, which includes $0.3 million of deferred financing costs written off. The loss represented the excess of the fair value of the liability component of the October 2004 2.9375% Notes repurchased over their carrying value, plus the deferred financing costs written off. The excess of the amount paid to repurchase the October 2004 2.9375% Notes over the fair value of the October 2004 2.9375% Notes repurchased was recorded as a reduction of shareholders’ equity reflecting the repurchase of the equity component of the October 2004 2.9375% Notes repurchased.
          The October 2004 2.9375% Notes repurchased in December 2009 are being held as collateral under the Company’s senior revolving credit facility and may be resold at the prevailing market value.
     February 2005 3.625% Notes. In February 2005, LGEI sold $175.0 million of 3.625% Convertible Senior Subordinated Notes (the “February 2005 3.625% Notes”).
          Interest: Interest on the February 2005 3.625% Notes is payable at 3.625% per annum semi-annually on March 15 and September 15 until March 15, 2012 and at 3.125% per annum thereafter until maturity.
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     Redeemable by Company: LGEI may redeem all or a portion of the February 2005 3.625% Notes at its option on or after March 15, 2012 at 100% of their principal amount, together with accrued and unpaid interest through the date of redemption.
     Redeemable by Holder: The holder may require LGEI to repurchase the February 2005 3.625% Notes on March 15, 2012, 2015 and 2020 or upon a change in control at a price equal to 100% of the principal amount, together with accrued and unpaid interest through the date of repurchase.
     Conversion Features: The February 2005 3.625% Notes are convertible, at the option of the holder, at any time before the maturity date, if the notes have not been previously redeemed or repurchased, at a conversion rate equal to 70.0133 shares per $1,000 principal amount of the February 2005 3.625% Notes, subject to adjustment in certain circumstances, which represents a conversion price of approximately $14.28 per share. Upon conversion of the February 2005 3.625% Notes, the Company has the option to deliver, in lieu of common shares, cash or a combination of cash and common shares of the Company.
     Make Whole Premium: Under certain circumstances, if the holder requires LGEI to repurchase all or a portion of their notes upon a change in control, they will be entitled to receive a make whole premium. The amount of the make whole premium, if any, will be based on the price of the Company’s common shares on the effective date of the change in control. No make whole premium will be paid if the price of the Company’s common shares at such time is less than $10.35 per share or exceeds $75.00 per share.
     Transactions: The Company had the following transactions associated with its February 2005 3.625% Notes:
     December 2008 Repurchase: In December 2008, LGEI paid $5.5 million to extinguish $9.0 million of aggregate principal amount (carrying value — $7.4 million) of the February 2005 3.625% Notes and recorded a gain on extinguishment of $3.0 million, which includes $0.1 million of deferred financing costs written off. The gain represented the excess of the carrying value of the liability component of the February 2005 3.625% Notes repurchased over their fair value, net of the deferred financing costs written off. The excess of the amount paid to repurchase the February 2005 3.625% Notes over the fair value of the February 2005 3.625% Notes repurchased was recorded as a reduction of shareholders’ equity reflecting the repurchase of the equity component of the February 2005 3.625% Notes repurchased.
     April 20, 2009 Refinancing Exchange Agreement: On April 20, 2009, LGEI entered into Refinancing Exchange Agreements (the “Refinancing Exchange Agreements”) with certain existing holders of the February 2005 3.625% Notes. Pursuant to the terms of the Refinancing Exchange Agreements, holders of the February 2005 3.625% Notes exchanged approximately $66.6 million aggregate principal amount of the February 2005 3.625% Notes for new 3.625% convertible senior subordinated notes (the “April 2009 3.625% Notes”) in the same aggregate principal amount under a new indenture entered into by LGEI, the Company, as guarantor, and an indenture trustee thereunder. As a result of the exchange transaction, the Company recorded a gain on extinguishment of debt of $7.5 million. The gain represented the difference between the fair value of the liability component of the February 2005 3.625% Notes and their carrying value. The excess of the fair value of both the equity and liability component of the April 2009 3.625% Notes over the fair value of the February 2005 3.625% Notes of $3.9 million was recorded as a reduction of shareholders’ equity reflecting the repurchase of the equity component of the February 2005 3.625% Notes.
     December 2009 Repurchase: In December 2009, LGEI paid $37.7 million to extinguish $39.9 million of aggregate principal amount (carrying value — $35.0 million) of the February 2005 3.625% Notes and recorded a loss on extinguishment of $0.9 million, which includes $0.4 million of deferred financing costs written off. The loss represented the excess of the fair value of the liability component of the February 2005 3.625% Notes repurchased over their carrying value, plus the deferred financing costs written off. The excess of the amount paid to repurchase the February 2005 3.625% Notes over the fair value of the February 2005 3.625% Notes repurchased was recorded as a reduction of shareholders’ equity reflecting the repurchase of the equity component of the February 2005 3.625% Notes repurchased.
     The February 2005 3.625% Notes repurchased in December 2009 may be resold at the prevailing market value. In addition, $32.9 million of aggregate principal amount of the February 2005 3.625% Notes repurchased are being held as collateral under the Company’s senior revolving credit facility.

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     April 2009 3.625% Notes. As discussed above, in April 2009, LGEI issued approximately $66.6 million of 3.625% Convertible Senior Subordinated Notes (the “April 2009 3.625% Notes”).
     Interest: Interest on the April 2009 3.625% Notes is payable at 3.625% per annum semi-annually on March 15 and September 15 of each year.
     Maturity Date: The April 2009 3.625% Notes will mature on March 15, 2025.
     Redeemable by Company: On or after March 15, 2015, the Company may redeem the April 2009 3.625% Notes, in whole or in part, at a price equal to 100% of the principal amount of the April 2009 3.625% Notes to be redeemed, plus accrued and unpaid interest through the date of redemption.
     Redeemable by Holder: The holder may require LGEI to repurchase the April 2009 3.625% Notes on March 15, 2015, 2018 and 2023 or upon a “designated event,” at a price equal to 100% of the principal amount of the April 2009 3.625% Notes to be repurchased plus accrued and unpaid interest.
     Conversion Features: The April 2009 3.625% Notes may be converted into common shares of the Company at any time before maturity, redemption or repurchase. The initial conversion rate of the April 2009 3.625% Notes is 121.2121 common shares per $1,000 principal amount of the April 2009 3.625% Notes, subject to adjustment in certain circumstances, which represents a conversion price of approximately $8.25 per share. Upon conversion of the April 2009 3.625% Notes, the Company has the option to deliver, in lieu of common shares, cash or a combination of cash and common shares of the Company.
     Make Whole Premium: Under certain circumstances, if the holder requires LGEI to repurchase all or a portion of their notes upon a change in control, they will be entitled to receive a make whole premium. The amount of the make whole premium, if any, will be based on the price of the Company’s common shares on the effective date of the change in control. No make whole premium will be paid if the price of the Company’s common shares at such time is less than $5.36 per share or exceeds $50.00 per share.
     Other Financing Obligations
     On June 1, 2007, the Company entered into a bank financing agreement for $3.7 million to fund the acquisition of certain capital assets. Interest is payable in monthly payments totaling $0.3 million per year for five years at an interest rate of 8.02%, with the entire principal due June 2012.
     TV Guide Network has a capital lease obligation for a satellite transponder lease in the amount of $11.4 million as of December 31, 2009. The monthly payment on the capital lease obligation totals $1.6 million per year through August 2019, with an imputed interest rate of 6.65%.
11. Fair Value Measurements
     Fair Value
     Accounting guidance and standards about fair value define fair value as the price that would be received from selling an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date.
     Fair Value Hierarchy
     Accounting guidance and standards about fair value establish a fair value hierarchy that requires an entity to maximize the use of observable inputs and minimize the use of unobservable inputs when measuring fair value. A financial instrument’s categorization within the fair value hierarchy is based upon the lowest level of input that is significant to the fair value measurement. The accounting guidance and standards establish three levels of inputs that may be used to measure fair value:

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    Level 1 — Quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities.
 
    Level 2 — Observable inputs other than Level 1 prices such as quoted prices for similar assets or liabilities; quoted prices in markets with insufficient volume or infrequent transactions (less active markets); or model-derived valuations in which all significant inputs are observable or can be derived principally from or corroborated by observable market data for substantially the full term of the assets or liabilities. Level 2 liabilities that are measured at fair value on a recurring basis include the Company’s senior revolving credit facility and convertible senior subordinated notes, both priced using discounted cash flow techniques that use observable market inputs, such as LIBOR-based yield curves, three- and seven-year swap rates, and credit ratings.
 
    Level 3 — Unobservable inputs to the valuation methodology that are significant to the measurement of fair value of assets or liabilities.
     The following table sets forth the carrying values and fair values (all determined using Level 2 inputs defined above) of the Company’s outstanding debt at December 31, 2009:
                 
    Carrying        
    Value     Fair Value  
            (Level 2)  
    (Amounts in thousands)  
Senior revolving credit facility
  $ 12,000     $ 13,252  
October 2004 2.9375% Convertible Senior Subordinated Notes
    97,881       98,778  
February 2005 3.625% Convertible Senior Subordinated Notes
    51,881       53,076  
April 2009 3.625% Convertible Senior Subordinated Notes
    35,201       34,603  
 
           
 
               
 
  $ 196,963     $ 199,709  
 
           
12. Acquisitions and Divestitures
     TV Guide Network
     Acquisition of TV Guide Network. On February 28, 2009, the Company purchased all of the issued and outstanding equity interests of TV Guide Network and TV Guide.com (collectively “TV Guide Network”), a network and online provider of entertainment and television guidance-related programming, as well as localized program listings and descriptions primarily in the U.S. The Company paid approximately $241.6 million for all of the equity interest of TV Guide Network, which included a capital lease obligation of $12.1 million, and incurred approximately $1.5 million in direct transaction costs (legal fees, accountant’s fees and other professional fees).

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     The acquisition was accounted for as a purchase, with the results of operations of TV Guide Network included in the Company’s consolidated results from February 28, 2009. The acquisition goodwill represents the significant opportunity for the Company to expand the existing television channel and online media platforms. Goodwill of $152.6 million represents the excess of the purchase price over the fair value of the tangible and intangible assets acquired and liabilities assumed. Although the goodwill will not be amortized for financial reporting purposes, it is anticipated that substantially all of the goodwill will be deductible for federal tax purposes over the statutory period of 15 years. The final allocation of the purchase price to the assets acquired and liabilities assumed were as follows:
         
    Allocation  
    (Amounts in  
    thousands)  
Accounts receivable, net
  $ 14,505  
Property and equipment
    26,649  
Other assets acquired
    1,831  
Finite-lived intangible assets:
       
Customer relationships
    66,340  
Trademarks/trade names
    10,250  
Internal Use Software
    2,200  
Prepaid Patent License Agreements
    1,510  
Goodwill
    152,599  
Other liabilities assumed
    (32,775 )
 
     
Total purchase price including transaction costs
  $ 243,109  
 
     

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     Sale of Noncontrolling Interest in TV Guide Network. On May 28, 2009, the Company entered into a Purchase Agreement (the “Purchase Agreement”) with One Equity Partners (“OEP”), the global private equity investment arm of JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., pursuant to which OEP purchased 49% of the Company’s interest in TV Guide Network for approximately $122.4 million in cash. In addition, OEP reserved the option of buying another 1% of TV Guide Network under certain circumstances. The arrangement contains joint control rights, as evidenced in an operating agreement as well as certain transfer restrictions and exit rights.
     In exchange for the cash consideration, OEP received mandatorily redeemable preferred stock units and common stock units representing its 49% noncontrolling interest in TV Guide Network. The Company also received mandatorily redeemable preferred stock units and common stock units representing its 51% ownership share. The mandatorily redeemable preferred stock carries a dividend rate of 10% compounded annually and is mandatorily redeemable in May 2019 at the stated value plus the dividend return and any additional capital contributions less previous distributions.
     TV Guide Network is a variable interest entity that is currently required to be consolidated since the Company is the primary beneficiary pursuant to its business and ownership structure. The net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest in the consolidated statement of operations represents the noncontrolling interest’s 49% share of the net loss incurred by TV Guide Network for the period from May 28, 2009 through December 31, 2009.
     As a result of the sale transaction, the difference between the cash received and 49% of the carrying value of TV Guide Network acquired by OEP was recorded as an adjustment to shareholders’ equity attributable to the Company’s shareholders. The mandatorily redeemable preferred stock units attributable to the noncontrolling interest were recorded based on their estimated fair value, as determined using an option pricing model methodology, as a liability in our consolidated balance sheet. The carrying value of the 49% interest in TV Guide Network, less the amount recorded for the mandatorily redeemable preferred stock units, representing the common stock units held by the minority holders, was recorded as equity attributable to noncontrolling interest in our consolidated statement of shareholders’ equity.
     The portion of the mandatorily redeemable preferred and common stock units held by the Company and associated non-cash interest representing the Company’s 51% ownership interest is eliminated in consolidation. The mandatorily redeemable preferred stock held by the noncontrolling interest and the 10% dividend is being accreted, through a non-cash charge to interest expense, up to its redemption amount over the ten-year period to the redemption date. The redemption amount of the noncontrolling interest’s share of the mandatorily redeemable preferred stock as of December 31, 2009 which includes capital contributions and dividend accretion through December 31, 2009 was $132.6 million (carrying value — $91.5 million).
     The following unaudited pro forma condensed consolidated statement of operations presented below illustrate the results of operations of the Company as if the acquisition of TV Guide Network on February 28, 2009 had occurred at April 1, 2008 and also presents the pro forma adjustments and results of operations as if the sale of the Company’s interest in TV Guide Network as described above occurred at April 1, 2008:
                 
    Nine Months     Nine Months  
    Ended     Ended  
    December 31,     December 31,  
    2009     2008  
    (Amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)  
Revenues
  $ 1,153,167     $ 1,106,341  
Operating income (loss)
  $ 41,394     $ (126,463 )
Net income (loss)
  $ 1,119     $ (151,736 )
Basic Net Income (Loss) Per Common Share
  $ 0.01     $ (1.30 )
Diluted Net Income (Loss) Per Common Share
  $ 0.01     $ (1.30 )
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding — Basic
    117,381       117,018  
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding — Diluted
    117,580       117,018  

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     The following table sets forth the carrying amounts of the assets and liabilities of the TV Guide Network included in the consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2009:
         
    December 31,  
    2009  
    (Amounts in  
    thousands)  
Cash and cash equivalents
  $ 20,400  
Accounts receivable, net
    17,887  
Investment in films and television programs, net
    688  
Property and equipment, net
    22,691  
Finite-lived intangible assets, net
    72,506  
Goodwill
    152,599  
Other assets
    353  
 
     
Total Assets
    287,124  
 
       
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities
    15,925  
Other financing obligations
    11,383  
Mandatorily redeemable preferred stock units held by noncontrolling interest
    91,454  
Other liabilities
    7,901  
 
     
Total Liabilities
    126,663  
 
       
Noncontrolling interest
    32,141  
 
       
 
     
Net assets held by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.
  $ 128,320  
 
     
     Acquisition of Mandate Pictures, LLC
     On September 10, 2007, the Company purchased all of the membership interests in Mandate Pictures, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (“Mandate”). Mandate is a worldwide independent film producer and distributor. The Company paid approximately $58.6 million, comprised of $46.8 million in cash and 1,282,999 of the Company’s common shares. The value assigned to the shares for purposes of recording the acquisition was $11.8 million and was based on the average price of the Company’s common shares a few days prior and subsequent to the date of the closing of the acquisition, which is when it was publicly announced.
     In addition, the Company may be obligated to pay additional amounts pursuant to the purchase agreement should certain films or derivative works meet certain target performance thresholds. Such amounts, to the extent they relate to films or derivative works of films identified at the acquisition date will be charged to goodwill if the target thresholds are achieved, and such amounts, to the extent they relate to other qualifying films produced in the future, will be accounted for similar to other film participation arrangements. The amount to be paid is the excess of the sum of the following amounts over the performance threshold (i.e., the “Hurdle Amount”):
    80% of the earnings of certain films for the longer of 5 years from the closing or 5 years from the release of the pictures, plus
 
    20% of the earnings of certain pictures which commence principal photography within 5 years from the closing date for a period up to 10 years, plus
 
    certain fees designated for derivative works which commence principal photography within 7 years of the initial release of the original picture.
     The Hurdle Amount is the purchase price of approximately $56 million plus an interest cost accruing until such hurdle is reached, and certain other costs the Company agreed to pay in connection with the acquisition. Accordingly, the additional consideration is the total of the above in excess of the Hurdle Amount. As of December 31, 2009, the total earnings and fees from identified projects in process are not projected to reach the Hurdle Amount. However, as additional projects are identified in the future and current projects are released in the market place, the total projected earnings and fees from these projects could increase causing additional payments to the sellers to become payable.

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     Acquisition of Debmar-Mercury, LLC
     On July 3, 2006, the Company acquired all of the capital stock of Debmar-Mercury, LLC (“Debmar-Mercury”), a leading syndicator of film and television packages. Consideration for the Debmar-Mercury acquisition was $27.0 million, comprised of a combination of $24.5 million in cash paid on July 3, 2006 and $2.5 million in common shares of the Company issued in January 2008, and assumed liabilities of $10.5 million. Goodwill of $8.7 million represents the excess of the purchase price over the fair value of the net identifiable tangible and intangible assets acquired.
     Pursuant to the purchase agreement, if the aggregate earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization adjusted to add back 20% of the overhead expense (“Adjusted EBITDA”) of Debmar-Mercury for the five-year period ending after the closing date exceeds the target amount, then up to 40% of the excess Adjusted EBITDA over the target amount is payable as additional consideration. The percentage of the excess Adjusted EBITDA over the target amount ranges from 20% of such excess up to an excess of $3 million, 25% of such excess over $3 million and less than $6 million, 30% of such excess over $6 million and less than $10 million, and 40% of such excess over $10 million. The target amount is $32.2 million plus adjustments for interest on certain funding provided by the Company and adjustments for certain overhead and other items.
     In addition, up to 40% (percentage is determined based on how much the cumulative Adjusted EBITDA exceeds the target amount) of Adjusted EBITDA of Debmar-Mercury generated subsequent to the five-year period from the assets existing as of the fifth anniversary date of the close is also payable as additional consideration on a quarterly basis (i.e., the Continuing Earnout Payment) unless the substitute earn out option is exercised by either the seller or the Company. The substitute earn out option is only available if the aggregate Adjusted EBITDA for the five-year period ending after the closing date exceeds the target amount. Under the substitute earn out option, the seller can elect to receive an amount equal to $2.5 million in lieu of the Continuing Earnout Payments and the Company can elect to pay an amount equal to $15 million in lieu of the Continuing Earnout Payments.
     Amounts paid, if any, under the above additional consideration provisions will be recorded as additional goodwill.
13. Direct Operating Expenses
                                 
    Three Months     Three Months     Nine Months     Nine Months  
    Ended     Ended     Ended     Ended  
    December 31,     December 31,     December 31,     December 31,  
    2009     2008     2009     2008  
            (Amounts in thousands)          
Amortization of films and television programs
  $ 142,171     $ 128,871     $ 429,474     $ 315,614  
Participations and residual expense
    66,194       86,728       188,443       245,735  
Other expenses:
                               
Provision for doubtful accounts
    755       1,591       2,346       1,813  
Foreign exchange losses (gains)
    (213 )     1,261       (250 )     2,599  
 
                       
 
  $ 208,907     $ 218,451     $ 620,013     $ 565,761  
 
                       
14. Comprehensive Income (Loss)
                                 
    Three Months     Three Months     Nine Months     Nine Months  
    Ended     Ended     Ended     Ended  
    December 31,     December 31,     December 31,     December 31,  
    2009     2008     2009     2008  
            (Amounts in thousands)          
Net income (loss) attributable to Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. shareholders
  $ (65,259 )   $ (97,756 )   $ 2,806     $ (146,051 )
Add (Deduct): Foreign currency translation adjustments
    741       (6,954 )     6,628       (10,834 )
Add: Net unrealized gain on foreign exchange contracts
    142       103       159       115  
Add: Unrealized gain on investments — available for sale
                      73  
 
                       
Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.
  $ (64,376 )   $ (104,607 )   $ 9,593     $ (156,697 )
Comprehensive loss attributable to noncontrolling interest
    (1,697 )           (6,081 )      
 
                       
Comprehensive income (loss)
  $ (66,073 )   $ (104,607 )   $ 3,512     $ (156,697 )
 
                       

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15. Net Income (Loss) Per Share
     Basic net income (loss) per share is calculated based on the weighted average common shares outstanding for the period. Basic net income (loss) per share for the three and nine months ended December 31, 2009 and 2008 is presented below:
                                 
    Three Months     Three Months     Nine Months     Nine Months  
    Ended     Ended     Ended     Ended  
    December 31,     December 31,     December 31,     December 31,  
    2009     2008     2009     2008  
            (Amounts in thousands)          
Basic Net Income (Loss) Per Common Share:
                               
Numerator:
                               
Net income (loss) attributable to Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. shareholders
  $ (65,259 )   $ (97,756 )   $ 2,806     $ (146,051 )
 
                       
Denominator:
                               
Weighted average common shares outstanding
    117,745       115,765       117,381       117,018  
 
                       
Basic Net Income (Loss) Per Common Share
  $ (0.55 )   $ (0.84 )   $ 0.02     $ (1.25 )
 
                       
     Diluted net income (loss) per common share reflects the potential dilutive effect, if any, of the conversion of the October 2004 2.9375% Notes, the February 2005 3.625% Notes and the April 2009 3.625% Notes under the “if converted” method. Diluted net income (loss) per common share also reflects share purchase options and restricted share units using the treasury stock method when dilutive, and any contingently issuable shares when dilutive. Diluted net income (loss) per common share for the three and nine months ended December 31, 2009 and 2008 is presented below:
                                 
    Three Months     Three Months     Nine Months     Nine Months  
    Ended     Ended     Ended     Ended  
    December 31,     December 31,     December 31,     December 31,  
    2009     2008     2009     2008  
            (Amounts in thousands)          
Diluted Net Income (Loss) Per Common Share:
                               
Numerator:
                               
Net income (loss) attributable to Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. shareholders
  $ (65,259 )   $ (97,756 )   $ 2,806     $ (146,051 )
 
                       
 
                               
Denominator:
                               
Weighted average common shares outstanding
    117,745       115,765       117,381       117,018  
Effect of dilutive securities:
                               
Restricted share units
                198        
 
                       
Adjusted weighted average common shares outstanding
    117,745       115,765       117,579       117,018  
 
                       
Diluted Net Income (Loss) Per Common Share
  $ (0.55 )   $ (0.84 )   $ 0.02     $ (1.25 )
 
                       
     For the three and nine months ended December 31, 2009 and 2008, the weighted average common shares calculated under the “if converted” and treasury stock method presented below were excluded from diluted net income (loss) per common share for the periods because their inclusion would have had an anti-dilutive effect.
                                 
    Three Months     Three Months     Nine Months     Nine Months  
    Ended     Ended     Ended     Ended  
    December 31,     December 31,     December 31,     December 31,  
    2009     2008     2009     2008  
            (Amounts in thousands)          
Conversion of Notes
    26,312       25,226       27,249       25,088  
Share purchase options
    3,548       3,961       3,747       8,278  
Restricted share units
    1,219       1,782       1,262       1,441  
 
                       
Total weighted average common shares excluded from Diluted Net Income Per Common Share
    31,079       30,969       32,258       34,807  
 
                       

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     The Company had 500,000,000 authorized common shares at December 31, 2009 and March 31, 2009. The table below outlines common shares reserved for future issuance:
                 
    December 31,     March 31,  
    2009     2009  
    (Amounts in thousands)  
Stock options outstanding, average exercise price $9.85 (March 31, 2009 - $9.75 )
    3,551       3,899  
Restricted share units — unvested
    3,194       2,566  
Share purchase options and restricted share units available for future issuance
    4,000       5,120  
Shares issuable upon conversion of October 2004 2.9375% Notes at conversion price of $11.50 per share
    9,568       13,043  
Shares issuable upon conversion of February 2005 3.625% Notes at conversion price of $11.04 per share
    4,164       11,622  
Shares issuable upon conversion of April 2009 3.625% Notes at conversion price of $8.25 per share
    8,070        
 
           
Shares reserved for future issuance
    32,547       36,250  
 
           
     The Company’s Board of Directors has authorized the repurchase of up to $150 million of the Company’s common shares, with the timing, price, quantity, and manner of the purchases to be made at the discretion of management, depending upon market conditions. During the period from the authorization date through December 31, 2009, 6,787,310 shares have been repurchased pursuant to the plan at a cost of approximately $65.2 million, including commission costs. No shares were repurchased during the three and nine months ended December 31, 2009. The share repurchase program has no expiration date.
16. Accounting for Stock-Based Compensation
     The Company recognized the following share-based compensation expense (benefit) during the three and nine months ended December 31, 2009 and 2008:
                                 
    Three Months     Three Months     Nine Months     Nine Months  
    Ended     Ended     Ended     Ended  
    December 31,     December 31,     December 31,     December 31,  
    2009     2008     2009     2008  
            (Amounts in thousands)          
Compensation Expense (Benefit):
                               
Stock Options
  $ 798     $ 800     $ 2,418     $ 2,399  
Restricted Share Units and Other Share-based Compensation
    3,257       3,265       9,323       9,182  
Stock Appreciation Rights
    222       (2,654 )     824       (3,300 )
 
                       
Total
  $ 4,277     $ 1,411     $ 12,565     $ 8,281  
 
                       
     There was no income tax benefit recognized in the statements of operations for share-based compensation arrangements during the three and nine months ended December 31, 2009 and 2008.
     During the nine months ended December 31, 2009, the Company granted 110,000 stock options and 1,558,209 restricted share units at a weighted average grant date fair value of $3.21 and $5.62, respectively.
     Total unrecognized compensation cost related to unvested stock options and restricted share unit awards at December 31, 2009 is $3.6 million and $14.3 million, respectively, and is expected to be recognized over a weighted average period of 1.2 and 1.7 years, respectively.

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Stock Appreciation Rights
     The Company has the following stock appreciation rights (“SARs”) outstanding as of December 31, 2009 as set forth below:
                                 
    Grant Date  
    July 14, 2008     August 14, 2008     February 5, 2009     April 6, 2009  
SARs outstanding
    750,000       250,000       850,000       700,000  
Vested and exercisable
    500,000       187,500              
Exercise price
  $ 9.56     $ 11.16     $ 5.45     $ 5.17  
Vesting period
  3 years     4 years     3 years     4 years  
Expiration date
  July 14, 2013     June 20, 2012     February 5, 2014     April 6, 2014  
Fair value as of December 31, 2009
  $ 1.15     $ 0.58     $ 2.33     $ 2.52  
 
                               
Liability as of December 31, 2009 (in thousands)
  $ 865     $ 144     $ 596     $ 324  
     SARs require that upon their exercise, the Company pay the holder the excess of the market value of the Company’s common stock at that time over the exercise price of the SAR multiplied by the number of SARs exercised. SARs can be exercised at any time subsequent to vesting and prior to expiration. The fair value of all unexercised SARs are determined at each reporting period under a Black-Scholes option pricing methodology based on the inputs in the table below and are recorded as a liability over the vesting period. With the exception of the SARs granted on July 14, 2008, the fair value of the SARs is expensed on a pro rata basis over the vesting period or service period, if shorter. The SARs granted on July 14, 2008 were granted to a third party producer and vest in 250,000 SAR increments over a three-year period based on the commencement of principal photography of certain films. Accordingly, the pro rata portion of the fair value of the SARs are recorded as part of the cost of the related films until commencement of principal photography of the motion picture (i.e., vesting) with subsequent changes in the fair value of the SARs recorded to expense.
                                 
    Grant Date  
    July 14, 2008     August 14, 2008     February 5, 2009     April 6, 2009  
Risk-free interest rate
    2.2 %     1.7 %     2.2 %     2.7 %
Expected option lives (in years)
  3.5 years     2.5 years     4.1 years     4.3 years  
Expected volatility for options
    45 %     45 %     45 %     45 %
Expected dividend yield
    0 %     0 %     0 %     0 %

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17. Segment Information
     Certain accounting guidance and standards require the Company to make certain disclosures about each reportable segment. The Company’s reportable segments are determined based on the distinct nature of their operations and each segment is a strategic business unit that offers different products and services and is managed separately. The Company evaluates performance of each segment using segment profit (loss) as defined below. The Company has three reportable business segments: Motion Pictures, Television Production, and Media Networks.
     Motion Pictures consists of the development and production of feature films, acquisition of North American and worldwide distribution rights, North American theatrical, home entertainment and television distribution of feature films produced and acquired, and worldwide licensing of distribution rights to feature films produced and acquired.
     Television Production consists of the development, production and worldwide distribution of television productions including television series, television movies and mini-series and non-fiction programming.
     Media Networks consists of TV Guide Network, one of the 30 most widely distributed general entertainment cable networks in the U.S., including TV Guide Network On Demand and TV Guide Online (www.tvguide.com), an online navigational tool and provider of television listings and video and other entertainment content (which we acquired in February 2009 and of which we sold a 49% interest in May 2009). The Media Networks segment includes distribution revenue from multi-system cable operators and digital broadcast satellite providers (distributors generally pay a per subscriber fee for the right to distribute programming) and advertising revenue from the sale of advertising on its television channel and related online media platforms.
     Segmented information by business unit is as follows:
                                 
    Three Months     Three Months     Nine Months     Nine Months  
    Ended     Ended     Ended     Ended  
    December 31,     December 31,     December 31,     December 31,  
    2009     2008     2009     2008  
            (Amounts in thousands)          
Segment revenues
                               
Motion Pictures
  $ 250,965     $ 254,861     $ 800,815     $ 824,391  
Television Production
    91,539       69,166       267,659       178,813  
Media Networks
    29,279             84,693        
 
                       
 
  $ 371,783     $ 324,027     $ 1,153,167     $ 1,003,204  
 
                       
Direct operating expenses
                               
Motion Pictures
  $ 114,610     $ 164,365     $ 369,133     $ 422,315  
Television Production
    85,575       54,086       223,742       143,446  
Media Networks
    8,722             27,138        
 
                       
 
  $ 208,907     $ 218,451     $ 620,013     $ 565,761  
 
                       
Distribution and marketing
                               
Motion Pictures
  $ 147,839     $ 164,756     $ 314,224     $ 441,652  
Television Production
    7,919       5,644       22,403       17,130  
Media Networks
    4,545             10,904        
 
                       
 
  $ 160,303     $ 170,400     $ 347,531     $ 458,782  
 
                       
General and administration
                               
Motion Pictures
  $ 11,195     $ 11,593     $ 33,953     $ 36,468  
Television Production
    2,498       3,135       6,581       8,463  
Media Networks
    9,356             31,570        
 
                       
 
  $ 23,049     $ 14,728     $ 72,104     $ 44,931  
 
                       
Segment profit (loss)
                               
Motion Pictures
  $ (22,679 )   $ (85,853 )   $ 83,505     $ (76,044 )
Television Production
    (4,453 )     6,301       14,933       9,774  
Media Networks
    6,656             15,081        
 
                       
 
  $ (20,476 )   $ (79,552 )   $ 113,519     $ (66,270 )
 
                       
Acquisition of investment in films and television programs
                               
Motion Pictures
  $ 76,540     $ 123,312     $ 277,126     $ 325,072  
Television Production
    39,055       22,820       154,523       146,236  
Media Networks
    8,200             25,622        
 
                       
 
  $ 123,795     $ 146,132     $ 457,271     $ 471,308  
 
                       
     Purchases of property and equipment amounted to $0.5 million and $4.2 million for the three and nine months ended December 31, 2009, respectively, all primarily pertaining to purchases for the Company’s corporate headquarters and Media Networks segment. For the three and nine months ended December 31, 2008, purchases of property and equipment amounted to $0.7 million and $6.5 million, respectively, all primarily pertaining to purchases for the Company’s corporate headquarters.

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     Segment profit (loss) is defined as segment revenue less segment direct operating, distribution and marketing, and general and administration expenses. The reconciliation of total segment profit (loss) to the Company’s income (loss) before income taxes is as follows:
                                 
    Three Months     Three Months     Nine Months     Nine Months  
    Ended     Ended     Ended     Ended  
    December 31,     December 31,     December 31,     December 31,  
    2009     2008     2009     2008  
            (Amounts in thousands)          
Company’s total segment profit (loss)
  $ (20,476 )   $ (79,552 )   $ 113,519     $ (66,270 )
Less:
                               
Corporate general and administration
    (16,522 )     (12,744 )     (51,038 )     (51,449 )
Depreciation and amortization
    (6,685 )     (1,575 )     (21,087 )     (4,376 )
Interest expense
    (16,759 )     (8,112 )     (40,765 )     (24,908 )
Interest and other income
    420       860       1,228       5,062  
Gain (loss) on extinguishment of debt
    (1,783 )     3,023       5,675       3,023  
Equity interests loss
    (6,903 )     (1,695 )     (10,548 )     (5,841 )
 
                       
Loss before income taxes
  $ (68,708 )   $ (99,795 )   $ (3,016 )   $ (144,759 )
 
                       
     The following table sets forth significant assets as broken down by segment and other unallocated assets as of December 31, 2009 and March 31, 2009:
                                                                 
    December 31, 2009     March 31, 2009  
    Motion     Television     Media             Motion     Television     Media        
    Pictures     Production     Networks     Total     Pictures     Production     Networks     Total  
    (Amounts in thousands)
Significant assets by segment
                                                               
Accounts receivable
  $ 128,140     $ 109,350     $ 17,887     $ 255,377     $ 148,625     $ 61,652     $ 16,733     $ 227,010  
Investment in films and television programs, net
    610,580       120,021       688       731,289       570,985       131,037       745       702,767  
Goodwill
    210,293       13,961       152,599       376,853       210,293       13,961       155,148       379,402  
 
                                               
 
  $ 949,013     $ 243,332     $ 171,174     $ 1,363,519     $ 929,903     $ 206,650     $ 172,626     $ 1,309,179  
 
                                                   
Other unallocated assets (primarily cash, restricted investments, other assets, and finite- lived intangible assets)
                            335,588                               358,071  
 
                                                           
Total assets
                          $ 1,699,107                             $ 1,667,250  
 
                                                           
18. Contingencies
     The Company is, from time to time, involved in various claims, legal proceedings and complaints arising in the ordinary course of business. The Company does not believe that adverse decisions in any such pending or threatened proceedings, or any amount which the Company might be required to pay by reason thereof, would have a material adverse effect on the financial condition or future results of the Company.
19. Consolidating Financial Information — Subordinated Notes
     The October 2004 2.9375% Notes, the February 2005 3.625% Notes and the February 2005 3.625% Notes, by their terms, are fully and unconditionally guaranteed by the Company.
     The following tables present unaudited condensed consolidating financial information as of December 31, 2009 and March 31, 2009, and for the nine months ended December 31, 2009 and 2008 for (1) the Company, on a stand-alone basis, (2) LGEI, on a stand-alone basis, (3) the non-guarantor subsidiaries of the Company (including the subsidiaries of LGEI), on a combined basis (collectively, the “Other Subsidiaries”) and (4) the Company, on a consolidated basis.

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    As of December 31, 2009  
    Lions Gate     Lions Gate                    
    Entertainment     Entertainment     Other     Consolidating     Lions Gate  
    Corp.     Inc.     Subsidiaries     Adjustments     Consolidated  
    (Amounts in thousands)
BALANCE SHEET
                                       
Assets
                                       
Cash and cash equivalents
  $ 3,638     $ 10,348     $ 91,104     $     $ 105,090  
Restricted cash
          706                   706  
Restricted investments
          6,995                   6,995  
Accounts receivable, net
    118       1,977       253,282             255,377  
Investment in films and television programs, net
    2       6,391       726,285       (1,389 )     731,289  
Property and equipment, net
          11,791       23,568             35,359  
Finite-lived intangible assets, net
                74,412             74,412  
Goodwill
    10,173             366,680             376,853  
Other assets
    415       44,949       67,662             113,026  
Subsidiary investments and advances
    90,801       (18,900 )     (106,362 )     34,461        
 
                             
 
  $ 105,147     $ 64,257     $ 1,496,631     $ 33,072     $ 1,699,107  
 
                             
 
                                       
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity (Deficiency)
                                       
Senior revolving credit facility
  $     $ 12,000     $     $     $ 12,000  
Senior secured second-priority notes
          225,488                   225,488  
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities
    460       21,740       223,959       (1,190 )     244,969  
Participations and residuals
    180       3,221       283,266       (11 )     286,656  
Film and production obligations
    76             396,992             397,068  
Subordinated notes and other financing obligations
          184,963       15,101             200,064  
Mandatorily redeemable preferred stock units held by noncontrolling interest
                186,641       (95,187 )     91,454  
Deferred revenue
          266       136,711             136,977  
Shareholders’ equity (deficiency)
    104,431       (383,421 )     253,961       129,460       104,431  
 
                             
 
  $ 105,147     $ 64,257     $ 1,496,631     $ 33,072     $ 1,699,107  
 
                             

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    Nine Months Ended December 31, 2009  
    Lions Gate     Lions Gate                    
    Entertainment     Entertainment     Other     Consolidating     Lions Gate  
    Corp.     Inc.     Subsidiaries     Adjustments     Consolidated  
    (Amounts in thousands)  
STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS
                                       
Revenues
  $     $ 27,762     $ 1,150,443     $ (25,038 )   $ 1,153,167  
EXPENSES:
                                       
Direct operating
          672       638,980       (19,639 )     620,013  
Distribution and marketing
          3,372       345,518       (1,359 )     347,531  
General and administration
    919       50,108       72,330       (215 )     123,142  
Depreciation and amortization
          3,758       17,329             21,087  
 
                             
Total expenses
    919       57,910       1,074,157       (21,213 )     1,111,773  
 
                             
OPERATING INCOME (LOSS)
    (919 )     (30,148 )     76,286       (3,825 )     41,394  
 
                             
Other expenses (income):
                                       
Interest expense
          31,860       16,774       (7,869 )     40,765  
Interest and other income
    (97 )     (1,209 )     (546 )     624       (1,228 )
Loss (gain) on extinguishment of debt
          (5,675 )                 (5,675 )
 
                             
Total other expenses (income)
    (97 )     24,976       16,228       (7,245 )     33,862  
 
                             
INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE EQUITY INTERESTS AND INCOME TAXES
    (822 )     (55,124 )     60,058       3,420       7,532  
Equity interests income (loss)
    (2,442 )     50,875       (9,755 )     (49,226 )     (10,548 )
 
                             
INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAXES
    (3,264 )     (4,249 )     50,303       (45,806 )     (3,016 )
Income tax provision (benefit)
    11       817       (569 )           259  
 
                             
NET INCOME (LOSS)
    (3,275 )     (5,066 )     50,872       (45,806 )     (3,275 )
Add: Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest
    6,081                         6,081  
 
                             
NET INCOME (LOSS) ATTRIBUTABLE TO LIONS GATE ENTERTAINMENT CORP. SHAREHOLDERS
  $ 2,806     $ (5,066 )   $ 50,872     $ (45,806 )   $ 2,806  
 
                             
                                         
    Nine Months Ended December 31, 2009  
    Lions Gate     Lions Gate                    
    Entertainment     Entertainment     Other     Consolidating     Lions Gate  
    Corp.     Inc.     Subsidiaries     Adjustments     Consolidated  
    (Amounts in thousands)  
STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS
                                       
NET CASH FLOWS PROVIDED BY (USED IN) OPERATING ACTIVITIES
  $ (9,915 )   $ 24,245     $ (142,432 )   $     $ (128,102 )
 
                             
INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
                                       
Purchases of restricted investments
          (13,994 )                 (13,994 )
Proceeds from the sale of restricted investments
          13,985                   13,985  
Investment in equity method investees
                (41,342 )           (41,342 )
Increase in loan receivables
          (362 )                   (362 )
Repayment of loans receivable
                8,333               8,333  
Purchases of property and equipment
          (535 )     (3,693 )           (4,228 )
 
                             
NET CASH FLOWS PROVIDED BY (USED IN) INVESTING ACTIVITIES
          (906 )     (36,702 )           (37,608 )
 
                             
FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
                                       
Tax withholding requirements on equity awards
    (1,733 )                       (1,733 )
Proceeds from the sale of 49% interest in TV Guide Network
                122,355             122,355  
Borrowings under senior revolving credit facility
          170,000                   170,000  
Repayments of borrowings under senior revolving credit facility
          (413,000 )                 (413,000 )
Borrowings under individual production obligations
                134,587             134,587  
Repayment of individual production obligations
                (111,885 )           (111,885 )
Production obligation borrowings under Pennsylvania Regional Center credit facility
                57,000             57,000  
Production obligation borrowings under film credit facility
                32,217             32,217  
Proceeds from sale of senior secured second-priority notes
          216,232                   216,232  
Repurchase of subordinated notes
          (75,185 )                 (75,185 )
Repayment of other financing obligations
                (615 )           (615 )
 
                             
NET CASH FLOWS PROVIDED BY (USED IN) FINANCING ACTIVITIES
    (1,733 )     (101,953 )     233,659             129,973  
 
                             
NET CHANGE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS
    (11,648 )     (78,614 )     54,525             (35,737 )
 
                             
FOREIGN EXCHANGE EFFECTS ON CASH
    2,033             319             2,352  
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS — BEGINNING OF PERIOD
    13,253       88,962       36,260             138,475  
 
                             
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS — END OF PERIOD
  $ 3,638     $ 10,348     $ 91,104     $     $ 105,090  
 
                             

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    As of March 31, 2009  
    Lions Gate     Lions Gate                    
    Entertainment     Entertainment     Other     Consolidating     Lions Gate  
    Corp.     Inc.     Subsidiaries     Adjustments     Consolidated  
    (Amounts in thousands)  
BALANCE SHEET
                                       
Assets
                                       
Cash and cash equivalents
  $ 13,253     $ 88,962     $ 36,260     $     $ 138,475  
Restricted cash
          10,056                   10,056  
Restricted investments
          6,987                   6,987  
Accounts receivable, net
    113       3,737       223,289       (129 )     227,010  
Investment in films and television programs, net
    2       6,761       695,781       223       702,767  
Property and equipment, net
          15,014       27,401             42,415  
Finite-lived intangible assets, net
                78,904             78,904  
Goodwill
    10,173             369,229             379,402  
Other assets
          37,636       43,598             81,234  
Subsidiary investments and advances
    19,188       (1,103 )     (52,438 )     34,353        
 
                             
 
  $ 42,729     $ 168,050     $ 1,422,024     $ 34,447     $ 1,667,250  
 
                             
 
                                       
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity (Deficiency)
                                       
Senior revolving credit facility
  $     $ 255,000     $     $     $ 255,000  
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities
    821       12,289       257,866       (415 )     270,561  
Participations and residuals
    152       472       371,234       (1 )     371,857  
Film and production obligations
    63             304,590       (128 )     304,525  
Subordinated notes and other financing obligations
          265,805       15,716             281,521  
Deferred revenue
          385       141,708             142,093  
Shareholders’ equity (deficiency)
    41,693       (365,901 )     330,910       34,991       41,693  
 
                             
 
  $ 42,729     $ 168,050     $ 1,422,024     $ 34,447     $ 1,667,250  
 
                             

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    Nine Months Ended December 31, 2008  
    Lions Gate     Lions Gate                    
    Entertainment     Entertainment     Other     Consolidating     Lions Gate  
    Corp.     Inc.     Subsidiaries     Adjustments     Consolidated  
    (Amounts in thousands)  
STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS
                                       
Revenues
  $ 580     $ 19,287     $ 1,009,574     $ (26,237 )   $ 1,003,204  
EXPENSES:
                                       
Direct operating
    674       51       567,876       (2,080 )     566,521  
Distribution and marketing
          548       458,270       (36 )     458,782  
General and administration
    757       50,743       44,880             96,380  
Depreciation and amortization
          3,003       613             3,616  
 
                             
Total expenses
    1,431       54,345       1,071,639       (2,116 )     1,125,299  
 
                             
OPERATING INCOME (LOSS)
    (851 )     (35,058 )     (62,065 )     (24,121 )     (122,095 )
 
                             
Other expenses (income):
                                       
Interest expense
    15       23,865       1,028             24,908  
Interest and other income
    (170 )     (3,564 )     (1,328 )           (5,062 )
Gain on extinguishment of debt
          (3,023 )                 (3,023 )
 
                             
Total other expenses (income)
    (155 )     17,278       (300 )           16,823  
 
                             
INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE EQUITY INTERESTS AND INCOME TAXES
    (696 )     (52,336 )     (61,765 )     (24,121 )     (138,918 )
Equity interests income (loss)
    (145,344 )     (103,600 )     (4,030 )     247,133       (5,841 )
 
                             
INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAXES
    (146,040 )     (155,936 )     (65,795 )     223,012       (144,759 )
Income tax provision (benefit)
    11       1,036       247       (2 )     1,292  
 
                             
NET INCOME (LOSS)
  $ (146,051 )   $ (156,972 )   $ (66,042 )   $ 223,014     $ (146,051 )
 
                             

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    Nine Months Ended December 31, 2008  
    Lions Gate     Lions Gate                    
    Entertainment     Entertainment     Other     Consolidating     Lions Gate  
    Corp.     Inc.     Subsidiaries     Adjustments     Consolidated  
    (Amounts in thousands)  
STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS
                                       
NET CASH FLOWS PROVIDED BY (USED IN) OPERATING ACTIVITIES
  $ 52,992     $ (248,097 )   $ 99,196     $     $ (95,909 )
 
                             
INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
                                       
Investment in equity method investees
                (15,886 )           (15,886 )
Increase in loan receivables
          (3,767 )     (25,000 )           (28,767 )
Purchases of property and equipment
          (6,172 )     (293 )           (6,465 )
 
                             
NET CASH FLOWS PROVIDED BY (USED IN) INVESTING ACTIVITIES
          (9,939 )     (41,179 )           (51,118 )
 
                             
FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
                                       
Exercise of stock options
    2,894                         2,894  
Tax withholding requirements on equity awards
    (3,134 )                       (3,134 )
Repurchases of common shares
    (44,968 )                       (44,968 )
Production obligation borrowings under Pennsylvania Regional Center credit facility
                117,662             117,662  
Production obligation borrowings under film credit facility
                (165,298 )           (165,298 )
Proceeds from sale of senior secured second-priority notes
                8,758             8,758  
Repurchase of subordinated notes
          (5,310 )                 (5,310 )
 
                             
NET CASH FLOWS PROVIDED BY (USED IN) FINANCING ACTIVITIES
    (45,208 )     (5,310 )     (38,878 )           (89,396 )
 
                             
NET CHANGE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS
    7,784       (263,346 )     19,139             (236,423 )
 
                             
FOREIGN EXCHANGE EFFECTS ON CASH
    (1,534 )           (2,919 )           (4,453 )
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS — BEGINNING OF PERIOD
    4,474       350,581       16,534             371,589  
 
                             
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS — END OF PERIOD
  $ 10,724     $ 87,235     $ 32,754     $     $ 130,713  
 
                             

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20. Consolidating Financial Information – Senior Secured Second-Priority Notes
     In October 2009, the Company issued $236.0 million aggregate principal amount of senior secured second-priority notes (Senior Notes) due 2016 in a private offering conducted pursuant to Rule 144A and Regulation S under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), through LGEI.
     The Company has agreed to make available to the trustee and the holders of the Senior Notes the following tables which present unaudited condensed consolidating financial information as of December 31, 2009 and March 31, 2009, and for the nine months ended December 31, 2009 and 2008 for (1) the Company, on a stand-alone basis, (2) LGEI, on a stand-alone basis, (3) the guarantor subsidiaries of the Company (including the subsidiaries of LGEI), on a combined basis (4) the non-guarantor subsidiaries of the Company (including the subsidiaries of LGEI), on a combined basis and (5) the Company, on a consolidated basis.
                                                 
    As of December 31, 2009  
    Lions Gate     Lions Gate                    
    Entertainment     Entertainment     Other Subsidiaries     Consolidating     Lions Gate  
    Corp.     Inc.     Guarantors     Non-guarantors     Adjustments     Consolidated  
    (Amounts in thousands)  
BALANCE SHEET
                                               
Assets
                                               
Cash and cash equivalents
  $ 3,638     $ 10,348     $ 8,909     $ 82,195     $     $ 105,090  
Restricted cash
          706                         706  
Restricted investments
          6,995                         6,995  
Accounts receivable, net
    118       1,977       193,588       59,694             255,377  
Investment in films and television programs, net
    2       6,391       627,348       98,937       (1,389 )     731,289  
Property and equipment, net
          11,791       439       23,129             35,359  
Finite-lived intangible assets, net
                1,385       73,027             74,412  
Goodwill
    10,173             183,883       182,797             376,853  
Other assets
    415       44,949       64,943       2,719             113,026  
Subsidiary investments and advances
    90,801       (18,900 )     (68,400 )     (67,037 )     63,536        
 
                                   
 
  $ 105,147     $ 64,257     $ 1,012,095     $ 455,461     $ 62,147     $ 1,699,107  
 
                                   
 
                                               
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity (Deficiency)
                                               
Senior revolving credit facility
  $     $ 12,000     $     $     $     $ 12,000  
Senior secured second-priority notes
          225,488                         225,488  
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities
    460       21,740       182,516       42,280       (2,027 )     244,969  
Participations and residuals
    180       3,221       241,066       42,200       (11 )     286,656  
Film and production obligations
    76             376,281       20,711             397,068  
Subordinated notes and other financing obligations
          184,963       3,718       11,383             200,064  
Mandatorily redeemable preferred stock units held by noncontrolling interest
                      186,641       (95,187 )     91,454  
Deferred revenue
          266       121,735       14,976             136,977  
Shareholders’ equity (deficiency)
    104,431       (383,421 )     86,779       137,270       159,372       104,431  
 
                                   
 
  $ 105,147     $ 64,257     $ 1,102,095     $ 455,461     $ 62,147     $ 1,699,107  
 
                                   

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    Nine Months Ended December 31, 2009  
    Lions Gate     Lions Gate                    
    Entertainment     Entertainment     Other Subsidiaries     Consolidating     Lions Gate  
    Corp.     Inc.     Guarantors     Non-guarantors     Adjustments     Consolidated  
    (Amounts in thousands)  
STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS
                                               
Revenues
  $     $ 27,762     $ 883,299     $ 273,117     $ (31,011 )   $ 1,153,167  
EXPENSES:
                                               
Direct operating
          672       497,624       149,847       (28,130 )     620,013  
Distribution and marketing
          3,372       288,454       57,064       (1,359 )     347,531  
General and administration
    919       50,108       30,471       41,870       (226 )     123,142  
Depreciation and amortization
          3,758       3,092       14,237             21,087  
 
                                   
Total expenses
    919       57,910       819,641       263,018       (29,715 )     1,111,773  
 
                                   
OPERATING INCOME (LOSS)
    (919 )     (30,148 )     63,658       10,099       (1,296 )     41,394  
 
                                   
Other expenses (income):
                                               
Interest expense
          31,860       1,186       15,588       (7,869 )     40,765  
Interest and other income
    (97 )     (1,209 )     (477 )     (69 )     624       (1,228 )
Loss (gain) on extinguishment of debt
          (5,675 )                       (5,675 )
 
                                   
Total other expenses (income)
    (97 )     24,976       709       15,519       (7,245 )     33,862  
 
                                   
INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE EQUITY INTERESTS AND INCOME TAXES
    (822 )     (55,124 )     62,949       (5,420 )     5,949       7,532  
Equity interests income (loss)
    (2,442 )     50,875       (9,755 )           (49,226 )     (10,548 )
 
                                   
INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAXES
    (3,264 )     (4,249 )     53,194       (5,420 )     (43,277 )     (3,016 )
Income tax provision (benefit)
    11       817       (1,312 )     743             259  
 
                                   
NET INCOME (LOSS)
    (3,275 )     (5,066 )     54,506       (6,163 )     (43,277 )     (3,275 )
Add: Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest
    6,081                               6,081  
 
                                   
NET INCOME (LOSS) ATTRIBUTABLE TO LIONS GATE ENTERTAINMENT CORP. SHAREHOLDERS
  $ 2,806     $ (5,066 )   $ 54,506     $ (6,163 )   $ (43,277 )   $ 2,806  
 
                                   
                                                 
    Nine Months Ended December 31, 2009  
    Lions Gate     Lions Gate                    
    Entertainment     Entertainment     Other Subsidiaries     Consolidating     Lions Gate  
    Corp.     Inc.     Guarantors     Non-guarantors     Adjustments     Consolidated  
    (Amounts in thousands)  
STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS
                                               
NET CASH FLOWS PROVIDED BY (USED IN) OPERATING ACTIVITIES
  $ (9,915 )   $ 24,245     $ (69,035 )   $ (73,397 )   $     $ (128,102 )
 
                                   
INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
                                               
Purchases of restricted investments
          (13,994 )                       (13,994 )
Proceeds from the sale of restricted investments
          13,985                         13,985  
Investment in equity method investees
                (41,342 )                 (41,342 )
Increase in loan receivables
          (362 )                       (362 )
Repayment of loans receivable
                8,333                   8,333  
Purchases of property and equipment
          (535 )     (467 )     (3,226 )           (4,228 )
 
                                   
NET CASH FLOWS PROVIDED BY (USED IN) INVESTING ACTIVITIES
          (906 )     (33,476 )     (3,226 )           (37,608 )
 
                                   
FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
                                               
Tax withholding requirements on equity awards
    (1,733 )                             (1,733 )
Proceeds from the sale of 49% interest in TV Guide Network
                      122,355             122,355  
Borrowings under senior revolving credit facility
          170,000                         170,000  
Repayments of borrowings under senior revolving credit facility
          (413,000 )                       (413,000 )
Borrowings under individual production obligations
                122,470       12,117             134,587  
Repayment of individual production obligations
                (110,691 )     (1,194 )           (111,885 )
Production obligation borrowings under Pennsylvania Regional Center credit facility
                57,000                   57,000  
Production obligation borrowings under film credit facility
                32,217                   32,217  
Proceeds from sale of senior secured second-priority notes
          216,232                         216,232  
Repurchase of subordinated notes
          (75,185 )                       (75,185 )
Repayment of other financing obligations
                      (615 )           (615 )
 
                                   
NET CASH FLOWS PROVIDED BY (USED IN) FINANCING ACTIVITIES
    (1,733 )     (101,953 )     100,996       132,663             129,973  
 
                                   
NET CHANGE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS
    (11,648 )     (78,614 )     (1,515 )     56,040             (35,737 )
 
                                   
FOREIGN EXCHANGE EFFECTS ON CASH
    2,033                   319             2,352  
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS — BEGINNING OF PERIOD
    13,253       88,962       10,424       25,836             138,475  
 
                                   
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS — END OF PERIOD
  $ 3,638     $ 10,348     $ 8,909     $ 82,195     $     $ 105,090  
 
                                   

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    As of March 31, 2009  
    Lions Gate     Lions Gate                            
    Entertainment     Entertainment     Other Subsidiaries             Consolidating     Lions Gate  
    Corp.     Inc.     Guarantors     Non-guarantors     Adjustments     Consolidated  
    (Amounts in thousands)  
BALANCE SHEET
                                               
Assets
                                               
Cash and cash equivalents
  $ 13,253     $ 88,962     $ 10,424     $ 25,836     $     $ 138,475  
Restricted cash
          10,056                         10,056  
Restricted investments
          6,987                         6,987  
Accounts receivable, net
    113       3,737       168,479       54,810       (129 )     227,010  
Investment in films and television programs, net
    2       6,761       515,278       180,909       (183 )     702,767  
Property and equipment, net
          15,014       558       26,843             42,415  
Finite-lived intangible assets, net
                1,070       77,834             78,904  
Goodwill
    10,173             183,883       185,346             379,402  
Other assets
          37,636       40,427       3,171             81,234  
Subsidiary investments and advances
    19,188       (1,103 )     13,718       (33,545 )     1,742        
 
                                   
 
  $ 42,729     $ 168,050     $ 933,837     $ 521,204     $ 1,430     $ 1,667,250  
 
                                   
 
                                               
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity (Deficiency)
                                               
Senior revolving credit facility
  $     $ 255,000     $     $     $     $ 255,000  
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities
    821       12,289       216,725       40,301       425       270,561  
Participations and residuals
    152       472       280,070       91,118       45       371,857  
Film and production obligations
    63             258,597       45,993       (128 )     304,525  
Subordinated notes and other financing obligations
          265,805       3,718       11,998             281,521  
Deferred revenue
          385       110,652       31,056             142,093  
Shareholders’ equity (deficiency)
    41,693       (365,901 )     64,075       300,738       1,088       41,693  
 
                                   
 
  $ 42,729     $ 168,050     $ 933,837     $ 521,204     $ 1,430     $ 1,667,250  
 
                                   
                                                 
    Nine Months Ended December 31, 2008  
    Lions Gate     Lions Gate                    
    Entertainment     Entertainment     Other Subsidiaries     Consolidating     Lions Gate  
    Corp.     Inc.     Guarantors     Non-guarantors     Adjustments     Consolidated  
    (Amounts in thousands)  
STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS
                                               
Revenues
  $ 580     $ 19,287     $ 883,516     $ 127,939     $ (28,118 )   $ 1,003,204  
EXPENSES:
                                               
Direct operating
    674       51       527,033       68,729       (29,966 )     566,521  
Distribution and marketing
          548       397,342       60,958       (66 )     458,782  
General and administration
    757       50,743       32,776       12,104             96,380  
Depreciation and amortization
          3,003       396       217             3,616  
 
                                   
Total expenses
    1,431       54,345       957,547       142,008       (30,032 )     1,125,299  
 
                                   
OPERATING INCOME (LOSS)
    (851 )     (35,058 )     (74,031 )     (14,069 )     1,914       (122,095 )
 
                                   
Other expenses (income):
                                               
Interest expense
    15       23,865       691       831       (494 )     24,908  
Interest and other income
    (170 )     (3,564 )     (1,236 )     (586 )     494       (5,062 )
Gain on extinguishment of debt
          (3,023 )                       (3,023 )
 
                                   
Total other expenses (income)
    (155 )     17,278       (545 )     245             16,823  
 
                                   
INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE EQUITY INTERESTS AND INCOME TAXES
    (696 )     (52,336 )     (73,486 )     (14,314 )     1,914       (138,918 )
Equity interests income (loss)
    (145,344 )     (103,600 )     (4,030 )           247,133       (5,841 )
 
                                   
INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAXES
    (146,040 )     (155,936 )     (77,516 )     (14,314 )     249,047       (144,759 )
Income tax provision (benefit)
    11       1,036       965       (720 )           1,292  
 
                                   
NET INCOME (LOSS) ATTRIBUTABLE TO LIONS GATE ENTERTAINMENT CORP. SHAREHOLDERS
  $ (146,051 )   $ (156,972 )   $ (78,481 )   $ (13,594 )   $ 249,047     $ (146,051 )
 
                                   

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    Nine Months Ended December 31, 2008  
    Lions Gate     Lions Gate                    
    Entertainment     Entertainment     Other Subsidiaries     Consolidating     Lions Gate  
    Corp.     Inc.     Guarantors     Non-guarantors     Adjustments     Consolidated  
    (Amounts in thousands)  
STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS
                                               
NET CASH FLOWS PROVIDED BY (USED IN) OPERATING ACTIVITIES
  $ 52,992     $ (248,097 )   $ 92,348     $ 6,848     $     $ (95,909 )
 
                                   
INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
                                               
Investment in equity method investees
                (15,886 )                 (15,886 )
Increase in loan receivables
          (3,767 )     (25,000 )                 (28,767 )
Repayment of loans receivable
                                   
Purchases of property and equipment
          (6,172 )     (258 )     (35 )           (6,465 )
 
                                   
NET CASH FLOWS PROVIDED BY (USED IN) INVESTING ACTIVITIES
          (9,939 )     (41,144 )     (35 )           (51,118 )
 
                                   
FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
                                               
Exercise of stock options
    2,894                               2,894  
Tax withholding requirements on equity awards
    (3,134 )                             (3,134 )
Repurchases of common shares
    (44,968 )                             (44,968 )
Borrowings under individual production obligations
                79,531       38,131             117,662  
Repayment of individual production obligations
                (140,478 )     (24,820 )           (165,298 )
Production obligation borrowings under Pennsylvania Regional Center credit facility
                8,758                   8,758  
Repurchase of subordinated notes
          (5,310 )                       (5,310 )
Repayment of other financing obligations
                                   
 
                                   
NET CASH FLOWS PROVIDED BY (USED IN) FINANCING ACTIVITIES
    (45,208 )     (5,310 )     (52,189 )     13,311             (89,396 )
 
                                   
NET CHANGE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS
    7,784       (263,346 )     (985 )     20,124             (236,423 )
 
                                   
FOREIGN EXCHANGE EFFECTS ON CASH
    (1,534 )                 (2,919 )           (4,453 )
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS — BEGINNING OF PERIOD
    4,474       350,581       5,899       10,635             371,589  
 
                                   
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS — END OF PERIOD
  $ 10,724     $ 87,235     $ 4,914     $ 27,840     $     $ 130,713  
 
                                   

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Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.
Overview
     Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. (“Lionsgate,” the “Company,” “we,” “us” or “our”) is the leading next generation studio with a diversified presence in the production and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, home entertainment, family entertainment, video-on-demand and digitally delivered content.
     Our revenues are derived from the following business segments: Motion Pictures, which includes “Theatrical,” “Home Entertainment,” “Television,” “International,” and “Mandate Pictures.”
     Motion Pictures
     Theatrical revenues are derived from the theatrical release of motion pictures in the U.S. and Canada which are distributed to theatrical exhibitors on a picture by picture basis. The financial terms that we negotiate with our theatrical exhibitors generally provide that we receive a percentage of the box office results and are negotiated on a picture by picture basis.
     Home Entertainment revenues consist of the sale or rental of packaged media (i.e., DVD and Blu-ray) and electronic media (i.e., electronic-sell through or “EST”) of our own productions and acquired films, including theatrical releases and direct-to-video releases, to retail stores and through digital media platforms. In addition, we have revenue sharing arrangements with certain rental stores which generally provide that in exchange for a nominal or no upfront sales price we share in the rental revenues generated by each such store on a title by title basis.
     Television revenues are primarily derived from the licensing of our productions and acquired films to the domestic cable, free and pay television markets.
     International revenues include revenues from our international subsidiaries from the licensing and sale of our productions, acquired films, our catalog product or libraries of acquired titles and revenues from our distribution to international sub-distributors, on a territory-by-territory basis. Our revenues are derived from the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and other foreign countries; none of the foreign countries individually comprised greater than 10% of total revenues.
     Mandate Pictures revenues include revenues from the sales and licensing of domestic and worldwide rights of titles developed or acquired by Mandate Pictures to third-party distributors as well as certain titles sold by Mandate International, LLC, one of the Company’s international divisions, to international sub-distributors.
     Television Production
     Television Production includes the licensing and syndication to domestic and international markets of one-hour and half-hour drama series, television movies and mini-series and non-fiction programming, and Home Entertainment revenues consisting of television production movies or series.
     Media Networks
     Media Networks consists of TV Guide Network, one of the 30 most widely distributed general entertainment cable networks in the U.S., including TV Guide Network On Demand, and TV Guide Online (www.tvguide.com), an online navigational tool and provider of television listings and video and other entertainment content (which we acquired in February 2009 and of which we sold a 49% interest in May 2009). Media Networks includes distribution revenue from multi-system cable operators and digital broadcast satellite providers (distributors generally pay a per subscriber fee for the right to distribute programming) and advertising revenue from the sale of advertising on its television channel and related online media platforms.
     Our primary operating expenses include Direct Operating Expenses, Distribution and Marketing Expenses and General and Administration Expenses.
     Direct Operating Expenses include amortization of film and television production or acquisition costs, participation and residual expenses and provision for doubtful accounts. Participation costs represent contingent consideration payable based on the performance of the film to parties associated with the film, including producers, writers, directors or actors, etc. Residuals represent amounts payable to various unions or “guilds” such as the Screen Actors Guild, Directors Guild of America, and Writers Guild of America, based on the performance of the film in certain ancillary markets or based on the individual’s (i.e., actor, director, writer) salary level in the television market.

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     Distribution and Marketing Expenses primarily include the costs of theatrical “prints and advertising” (“P&A”) and of DVD/Blu-ray duplication and marketing. Theatrical P&A represents the costs of the theatrical prints delivered to theatrical exhibitors and advertising includes the advertising and marketing cost associated with the theatrical release of the picture. DVD/Blu-ray duplication represents the cost of the DVD/Blu-ray product and the manufacturing costs associated with creating the physical products. DVD/Blu-ray marketing costs represent the cost of advertising the product at or near the time of its release or special promotional advertising.
    General and Administration Expenses include salaries and other overhead.
Recent Developments
     December 2009 Repurchase: In December 2009, our wholly-owned subsidiary, Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. (“LGEI”), paid $37.7 million to extinguish $39.9 million of aggregate principal amount (carrying value — $35.0 million) of the February 2005 3.625% Notes and recorded a loss on extinguishment of $0.9 million, which includes $0.4 million of deferred financing costs written off. The loss represented the excess of the fair value of the liability component of the February 2005 3.625% Notes repurchased over their carrying value, plus the deferred financing costs written off. The excess of the amount paid to repurchase the February 2005 3.625% Notes over the fair value of the February 2005 3.625% Notes repurchased was recorded as a reduction of shareholders equity reflecting the repurchase of the equity component of the February 2005 3.625% Notes repurchased.
     In December 2009, LGEI paid $38.0 million to extinguish $40.0 million of aggregate principal amount (carrying value — $35.5 million) of the October 2004 2.9375% Notes and recorded a loss on extinguishment of $0.8 million, which includes $0.3 million of deferred financing costs written off. The loss represented the excess of the fair value of the liability component of the October 2004 2.9375% Notes repurchased over their carrying value, plus the deferred financing costs written off. The excess of the amount paid to repurchase the October 2004 2.9375% Notes over the fair value of the October 2004 2.9375% Notes repurchased was recorded as a reduction of shareholders equity reflecting the repurchase of the equity component of the October 2004 2.9375% Notes repurchased.
     10.25% Senior Secured Second-Priority Notes. On October 21, 2009, LGEI issued $236.0 million aggregate principal amount of senior secured second-priority notes due 2016 (the “Senior Notes”) in a private offering conducted pursuant to Rule 144A and Regulation S under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”).
     The Notes will pay interest semi-annually on May 1 and November 1 of each year at a rate of 10.25% per year and will mature on November 1, 2016.
     The Senior Notes were issued by LGEI at an initial price of 95.222% (original issue discount — 4.778%) of the principal amount. The net proceeds, after deducting discounts, the fees paid to the initial purchaser, and all transaction costs (including accrued legal, accounting and other professional fees) from the sale of the Senior Notes was approximately $214.2 million, which was used by LGEI to repay a portion of its outstanding debt under its senior revolving credit facility. The original issue discount and deferred financing costs are amortized through November 1, 2016 under the effective interest method.
     Film Credit Facility. On October 6, 2009, we entered into a revolving film credit facility agreement, as amended effective December 31, 2009 (“Film Credit Facility”), which provides for borrowings for the acquisition or production of motion pictures. Currently, the Film Credit Facility provides for total borrowings up to $120 million and can be increased to $200 million if additional lenders or financial institutions become a party to and provide a commitment under the facility. The Film Credit Facility has a maturity date of April 6, 2013 and generally bears an interest rate of 3.25% over the “LIBO” rate (as defined in the credit agreement). We are required to pay a quarterly commitment fee of 0.75% per annum on the unused commitment under the Film Credit Facility. Borrowings under the Film Credit Facility are due the earlier of (a) nine months after delivery of each motion picture or (b) April 6, 2013. Borrowings under the Film Credit Facility are subject to a borrowing base calculation and are secured by interests in the related motion pictures, together with certain other receivables from other motion picture and television productions pledged by us, including a minimum pledge of such receivables of $25 million. Receivables pledged to the Film Credit Facility must be excluded from the borrowing base calculation under our senior revolving credit facility.
     TV Guide Network Acquisition. In January 2009, the Company entered into an Equity Purchase Agreement (the “Equity Purchase Agreement”) with Gemstar-TV Guide International, Inc. (“Gemstar”), TV Guide Entertainment Group, Inc. (“TVGE”), its parent company, UV Corporation and Macrovision Solutions Corporation (“Macrovision”), the ultimate parent company of Gemstar, TVGE and UV Corporation, for the purchase by the Company from UV Corporation of all of the issued and outstanding equity interests of TVGE. In connection with the transaction, Gemstar and its subsidiaries transferred, assigned and licensed to the Company certain assets related to TV Guide Network, one of the 30 most widely distributed general entertainment cable networks in the U.S., and

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related assets, including TV Guide Network On Demand, and TV Guide Online (www.tvguide.com), a leading online navigational tool and provider of television listings and video and other entertainment content (collectively, “TV Guide Network”). The acquisition closed February 28, 2009. The Company paid approximately $241.6 million for all of the equity interest of TV Guide Network, which included a capital lease obligation of $12.1 million in liabilities, and incurred approximately $1.5 million in direct transaction costs (legal fees, accountant’s fees and other professional fees).
     The acquisition was accounted for as a purchase, with the results of operations of TV Guide Network consolidated from February 28, 2009. Goodwill of $152.6 million represents the excess of purchase price over the fair value of the tangible and intangible assets acquired and liabilities assumed.
     Sale of Noncontrolling Interest in TV Guide Network. On May 28, 2009, the Company entered into a Purchase Agreement (the “Purchase Agreement”) with One Equity Partners (“OEP”), the global private equity investment arm of JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A., pursuant to which OEP purchased 49% of the Company’s interest in TV Guide Network for approximately $122.4 million in cash. In addition, OEP reserved the option of buying another 1% of TV Guide Network under certain circumstances. The arrangement contains joint control rights, as evidenced in an operating agreement as well as certain transfer restrictions and exit rights.
CRITICAL ACCOUNTING POLICIES
     The application of the following accounting policies, which are important to our financial position and results of operations, requires significant judgments and estimates on the part of management. As described more fully below, these estimates bear the risk of change due to the inherent uncertainty attached to the estimate. For example, accounting for films and television programs requires the Company to estimate future revenue and expense amounts which, due to the inherent uncertainties involved in making such estimates, are likely to differ to some extent from actual results. For a summary of all of our accounting policies, including the accounting policies discussed below, see Note 2 to our audited consolidated financial statements in Exhibit 99.5 to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on October 13, 2009.
     Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”). Our consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.
     Accounting for Films and Television Programs. We capitalize costs of production and acquisition, including financing costs and production overhead, to investment in films and television programs. These costs for an individual film or television program are amortized and participation and residual costs are accrued to direct operating expenses in the proportion that current year’s revenues bear to management’s estimates of the ultimate revenue at the beginning of the year expected to be recognized from exploitation, exhibition or sale of such film or television program over a period not to exceed ten years from the date of initial release. For previously released film or television programs acquired as part of a library, ultimate revenue includes estimates over a period not to exceed 20 years from the date of acquisition.
     The Company’s management regularly reviews and revises when necessary its ultimate revenue and cost estimates, which may result in a change in the rate of amortization of film costs and participations and residuals and/or write-down of all or a portion of the unamortized costs of the film or television program to its estimated fair value. The Company’s management estimates the ultimate revenue based on experience with similar titles or title genre, the general public appeal of the cast, actual performance (when available) at the box office or in markets currently being exploited, and other factors such as the quality and acceptance of motion pictures or programs that our competitors release into the marketplace at or near the same time, critical reviews, general economic conditions and other tangible and intangible factors, many of which we do not control and which may change. In the normal course of our business, some films and titles are more successful than anticipated and some are less successful. Accordingly, we update our estimates of ultimate revenue and participation costs based upon the actual results achieved or new information as to anticipated revenue performance such as (for home entertainment revenues) initial orders and demand from retail stores when it becomes available. An increase in the ultimate revenue will generally result in a lower amortization rate while a decrease in the ultimate revenue will generally result in a higher amortization rate and periodically results in an impairment requiring a write down of the film cost to the title’s fair value. These write downs are included in amortization expense within direct operating expenses in our consolidated statements of operations.
     Revenue Recognition. Revenue from the theatrical release of feature films is recognized at the time of exhibition based on our participation in box office receipts. Revenue from the sale of DVDs/Blu-ray discs in the retail market, net of an allowance for estimated returns and other allowances, is recognized on the later of receipt by the customer or “street date” (when it is available for sale by the customer). Under revenue sharing arrangements, rental revenue is recognized when we are entitled to receipts and such

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receipts are determinable. Revenues from television licensing are recognized when the feature film or television program is available to the licensee for telecast. For television licenses that include separate availability “windows” during the license period, revenue is allocated over the “windows.” Revenue from sales to international territories are recognized when access to the feature film or television program has been granted or delivery has occurred, as required under the sales contract, and the right to exploit the feature film or television program has commenced. For multiple media rights contracts with a fee for a single film or television program where the contract provides for media holdbacks (defined as contractual media release restrictions), the fee is allocated to the various media based on our assessment of the relative fair value of the rights to exploit each media and is recognized as each holdback is released. For multiple-title contracts with a fee, the fee is allocated on a title-by-title basis, based on our assessment of the relative fair value of each title.
     Distribution revenue from the distribution of TV Guide Network programming (distributors generally pay a per subscriber fee for the right to distribute programming) is recognized in the month the services are provided.
     Advertising revenue is recognized when the advertising spot is broadcast or displayed online. Advertising revenue is recorded net of agency commissions and discounts.
     Cash payments received are recorded as deferred revenue until all the conditions of revenue recognition have been met. Long-term, non-interest bearing receivables are discounted to present value.
     Reserves. Revenues are recorded net of estimated returns and other allowances. We estimate reserves for DVD/Blu-ray returns based on previous returns and our estimated expected future returns related to current period sales on a title-by-title basis in each of the DVD/Blu-ray businesses. Factors affecting actual returns include, among other factors, limited retail shelf space at various times of the year, success of advertising or other sales promotions, and the near term release of competing titles. We believe that our estimates have been materially accurate in the past; however, due to the judgment involved in establishing reserves, we may have adjustments to our historical estimates in the future.
     We estimate provisions for accounts receivable based on historical experience and relevant facts and information regarding the collectability of the accounts receivable. In performing this evaluation, significant judgments and estimates are involved, including an analysis of specific risks on a customer-by-customer basis for our larger customers and an analysis of the length of time receivables have been past due. The financial condition of a given customer and its ability to pay may change over time and could result in an increase or decrease to our allowance for doubtful accounts, which, when the impact of such change is material, is disclosed in our discussion on direct operating expenses elsewhere in “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.”
     Income Taxes. We are subject to federal and state income taxes in the U.S., and in several foreign jurisdictions. We record deferred tax assets, net of applicable reserves, related to net operating loss carryforwards and certain temporary differences. We recognize a future tax benefit to the extent that realization of such benefit is more likely than not or a valuation allowance is applied. Because of our historical operating losses, we have provided a full valuation allowance against our net deferred tax assets. When we have a history of profitable operations sufficient to demonstrate that it is more likely than not that our deferred tax assets will be realized, the valuation allowance will be reversed. However, this assessment of our planned use of our deferred tax assets is an estimate which could change in the future depending upon the generation of taxable income in amounts sufficient to realize our deferred tax assets.

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     Goodwill. Goodwill is reviewed annually for impairment within each fiscal year or between the annual tests if an event occurs or circumstances change that indicate it is more likely than not that the fair value of a reporting unit is less than its carrying value. We perform our annual impairment test as of January 1 in each fiscal year. We performed our last annual impairment test on our goodwill as of January 1, 2009. No goodwill impairment was identified in any of our reporting units. We will be updating our assessment as of January 1, 2010. Determining the fair value of reporting units requires various assumptions and estimates. The estimates of fair value include consideration of the future projected operating results and cash flows of the reporting unit. Such projections could be different than actual results. Should actual results be significantly less than estimates, the value of our goodwill could be impaired in the future.
     Business Acquisitions. The Company accounts for its business acquisitions as a purchase, whereby the purchase price is allocated to the assets acquired and liabilities assumed based on their estimated fair value. The excess of the purchase price over estimated fair value of the net identifiable assets is allocated to goodwill. Determining the fair value of assets and liabilities requires various assumptions and estimates. These estimates and assumptions are refined with adjustments recorded to goodwill as information is gathered and final appraisals are completed over a one-year allocation period. The changes in these estimates could impact the amount of assets, including goodwill and liabilities, ultimately recorded in our balance sheet and could impact our operating results subsequent to such acquisition. We believe that our estimates have been materially accurate in the past.
Recent Accounting Pronouncements
     In June 2009, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued Statement of Financial Accounting Standard (“SFAS”) No. 168, The FASB Accounting Standards Codification and the Hierarchy of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, a replacement of FASB Statement No. 162 (“SFAS No. 168”). This statement modifies the GAAP hierarchy by establishing only two levels of GAAP, authoritative and nonauthoritative accounting literature. Effective July 2009, the FASB Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”), also known collectively as the “Codification,” is considered the single source of authoritative U.S. accounting and reporting standards, except for additional authoritative rules and interpretive releases issued by the SEC. Nonauthoritative guidance and literature would include, among other things, FASB Concepts Statements, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Issue Papers and Technical Practice Aids and accounting textbooks. The Codification was developed to organize GAAP pronouncements by topic so that users can more easily access authoritative accounting guidance. It is organized by topic, subtopic, section, and paragraph, each of which is identified by a numerical designation. We adopted SFAS No. 168 prospectively beginning in the second quarter of fiscal 2010, resulting in no impact on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.
     Accounting for noncontrolling interest in consolidated subsidiaries. We adopted new accounting guidance that changes the accounting and reporting for minority interests, which are recharacterized as noncontrolling interests and classified as a component of equity. This new consolidation method changes the accounting for transactions with noncontrolling interest holders. We adopted this standard beginning in the first quarter of fiscal 2010 (see Note 12 of our unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements).
     Accounting for certain convertible debt instruments. We adopted new accounting guidance that specifies that issuers of convertible debt instruments that may be settled in cash upon either mandatory or optional conversion (including partial cash settlement) should separately account for the liability and equity components in a manner that will reflect the entity’s nonconvertible debt borrowing rate when interest cost is recognized in subsequent periods. We adopted this standard beginning in the first quarter of fiscal 2010 (see Note 10 of our unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements).
     Subsequent events. We adopted new accounting guidance related to the accounting for and disclosure of subsequent events that occur after the balance sheet date. Entities are required to disclose the date through which subsequent events have been evaluated and the basis for that date. We adopted this standard beginning in the first quarter of fiscal 2010 and have evaluated subsequent events through the date of issuance, February 9, 2010, resulting in no impact on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

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     Consolidation accounting for variable interest entities. This new accounting guidance modifies the previous guidance in relation to the identification of controlling financial interests in a variable interest entity (“VIE”). This analysis identifies the primary beneficiary of a VIE as the enterprise that has both of the following characteristics, among others: (a) the power to direct the activities of a VIE that most significantly impact the entity’s economic performance; and (b) the obligation to absorb losses of the entity, or the right to receive benefits from the entity, that could potentially be significant to the VIE. If an enterprise determines that power is shared among multiple unrelated parties such that no one party has the power to direct the activities of a VIE that most significantly impact the VIE’s economic performance, then no party is the primary beneficiary. Power is shared if each of the parties sharing power are required to consent to the decisions relating to the activities that most significantly impact the VIE’s performance. The provisions of this standard will become effective for us beginning in fiscal 2011. We are currently evaluating the impact this standard will have on our VIEs. Based upon our initial review and our current business and ownership structure of one our VIEs, TV Guide Network, we may no longer be required to consolidate TV Guide Network, effective April 1, 2010.
Results of Operations
     Three Months Ended December 31, 2009 Compared to Three Months Ended December 31, 2008
     Consolidated revenues this quarter of $371.8 million increased $47.8 million, or 14.8%, compared to $324.0 million in the prior year’s quarter. Motion pictures revenue of $251.0 million this quarter decreased $3.9 million, or 1.5%, compared to $254.9 million in the prior year’s quarter. We reduced the number of our theatrical releases for fiscal 2010, as compared to fiscal 2009. As a result, we currently expect that our motion picture segment revenue for fiscal 2010 will not exceed our fiscal 2009 motion picture segment revenue. However, actual motion picture revenue will depend on the performance of our film and video titles across all media and territories and can vary materially from expectations.
     Television production revenues of $91.5 million this quarter increased $22.3 million, or 32.2%, compared to $69.2 million in the prior year’s quarter. Based on the television shows currently expected to be delivered in fiscal 2010, we currently anticipate that our television production segment revenue in fiscal 2010 will exceed our fiscal 2009 television production segment revenue. However, actual revenues will depend on actual deliveries and can vary materially from expectations.
     Media Networks revenue was $29.3 million for the current quarter, as compared to nil in the prior year’s quarter. Our revenues for the remainder of the fiscal year could be negatively impacted if, among other factors, we lose certain affiliation agreements or we have reduced viewership of the TV Guide Network. See our discussion of the risk factors relating to our revenues and TV Guide Network in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on June 1, 2009, and in Exhibit 99.1 to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on October 13, 2009.
     Our largest component of revenue comes from home entertainment. The following table sets forth total home entertainment revenue for both the Motion Pictures and Television Production reporting segments for the three months ended December 31, 2009 and 2008:
                                 
    Three Months     Three Months        
    Ended     Ended        
    December 31,     December 31,     Increase (Decrease)  
    2009     2008     Amount     Percent  
    (Amounts in millions)  
Home Entertainment Revenue
                               
Motion Pictures
  $ 95.0     $ 94.6     $ 0.4       0.4 %
Television Production
    12.1       6.9       5.2       75.4 %
 
                       
 
  $ 107.1     $ 101.5     $ 5.6       5.5 %
 
                       

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Motion Pictures Revenue
     The following table sets forth the components of revenue and the changes in these components for the motion pictures reporting segment for the three-month periods ended December 31, 2009 and 2008:
                                 
    Three Months     Three Months        
    Ended     Ended        
    December 31,     December 31,     Increase (Decrease)  
    2009     2008     Amount     Percent  
            (Amounts in millions)          
Motion Pictures
                               
Theatrical
  $ 49.4     $ 69.3     $ (19.9 )     (28.7 %)
Home Entertainment
    95.0       94.6       0.4       0.4 %
Television
    54.7       39.0       15.7       40.3 %
International
    37.5       41.1       (3.6 )     (8.8 %)
Mandate Pictures
    12.9       8.3       4.6       55.4 %
Other
    1.5       2.6       (1.1 )     (42.3 %)
 
  $ 251.0     $ 254.9     $ (3.9 )     (1.5 %)
 
                       
     The following table sets forth the titles contributing significant motion pictures revenue for the three-month periods ended December 31, 2009 and 2008:
                     
Three Months Ended December 31,
2009     2008
      Theatrical and DVD           Theatrical and DVD
Title   Release Date     Title   Release Date
Theatrical:       Theatrical:    
 
  Brothers   December 2009       The Spirit   December 2008
 
  Precious   November 2009       Transporter 3   November 2008
 
  Saw VI   October 2009       Religulous   October 2008
 
  I Can Do Bad All Myself   September 2009       Saw V   October 2008
 
              W.   October 2008
 
Home Entertainment:       Home Entertainment:    
 
  Crank: High Voltage   September 2009       Beer for My Horses   November 2008
 
  Jillian Michaels: 30 Day Shred   March 2008       The Forbidden Kingdom   September 2008
 
  New In Town   May 2009       The Bank Job   July 2008
 
              Rambo   May 2008
 
              War   January 2008
     
Television:   Television:
The Haunting in Connecticut
Madea Goes To Jail
My Bloody Valentine 3-D
New In Town
The Spirit
  Meet the Browns
Rambo
The Bank Job
The Eye
     
International:   International:
Brothers
My Bloody Valentine 3-D
Saw VI
  Conan the Barbarian
Punisher: War Zone
Saw V
The Eye
     
Mandate Pictures:   Mandate Pictures:
Drag Me To Hell
Juno
Whip It
  Juno
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist
Passengers
 
     

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     Theatrical revenue of $49.4 million decreased $19.9 million, or 28.7%, in this quarter as compared to the prior year’s quarter due to fewer wide theatrical releases and lower box office receipts on our releases in the current quarter as compared to the prior year’s quarter. In this quarter, the titles listed in the above table as contributing significant theatrical revenue represented individually between 7% and 40% of total theatrical revenue and, in the aggregate, approximately 94%, or $46.1 million of total theatrical revenue. In the prior year’s quarter, the titles listed in the above table as contributing significant theatrical revenue represented individually between 7% and 38% of total theatrical revenue and, in the aggregate, approximately 89%, or $61.7 million of total theatrical revenue.
     Home entertainment revenue of $95.0 million increased $0.4 million, or 0.4%, in this quarter as compared to the prior year’s quarter. The titles listed above as contributing significant home entertainment revenue in the current quarter represented individually between 2% to 4% of total home entertainment revenue and, in the aggregate, 8%, or $7.5 million of total home entertainment revenue for the quarter. In the prior year’s quarter, the titles listed above as contributing significant home entertainment revenue represented individually between 2% to 7% of total home entertainment revenue and, in the aggregate, 20%, or $18.8 million of total home entertainment revenue for the quarter. In the current quarter, $87.5 million, or 92%, of total home entertainment revenue was contributed by titles that individually make up less than 2% of total home entertainment revenue, and in the prior year’s quarter this amounted to $75.8 million, or 80%, of total home entertainment revenue.
     Television revenue included in motion pictures revenue of $54.7 million in this quarter increased $15.7 million, or 40.3%, compared to the prior year’s quarter. The increase in the current quarter is mainly due to the higher box office receipts generated by titles listed above compared to the prior year’s quarter, which generally enhances their value in the television windows. In this quarter, the titles listed above as contributing significant television revenue represented individually between 6% to 29% of total television revenue and, in the aggregate, 74%, or $40.2 million of total television revenue for the quarter. In the prior year’s quarter the titles listed above as contributing significant television revenue represented individually between 5% to 28% of total television revenue and, in the aggregate, 63%, or $24.7 million of total television revenue for the quarter. In the current quarter, $14.5 million, or 26%, of total television revenue was contributed by titles that individually make up less than 5% of total television revenue, and in the prior year’s quarter, this amounted to $14.3 million, or 37%, of total television revenue for the year.
     International revenue of $37.5 million decreased $3.6 million, or 8.8%, in this quarter as compared to the prior year’s quarter. Lions Gate UK Ltd., our wholly-owned subsidiary (“Lionsgate UK”), contributed $21.1 million, or 56.3% of international revenue in the current quarter, which included revenues from Drag Me To Hell, Saw VI, and Hurt Locker, compared to $14.9 million, or 36.3%, of total international revenue in the prior year’s quarter. In this quarter, the titles listed in the table above as contributing significant international revenue, excluding revenue generated from these titles by Lionsgate UK, represented individually between 4% to 8% of total international revenue and, in the aggregate, 16%, or $6.0 million, of total international revenue for the quarter. In the prior year’s quarter, the titles listed in the table above as contributing significant revenue represented individually between 3% to 19% of total international revenue and, in the aggregate, 43%, or $17.7 million, of total international revenue for the quarter.
     Mandate Pictures revenue includes revenue from the sales and licensing of domestic and worldwide rights of titles developed or acquired by Mandate Pictures to third-party distributors or international sub-distributors. International revenue, other than international revenue from Lionsgate UK, from Mandate Pictures titles is included in the Mandate Pictures revenue in the table above. In the current quarter, Mandate Pictures revenue amounted to $12.9 million, as compared to $8.3 million in the prior year’s quarter. The increase in Mandate Pictures revenue in the current quarter is mainly due to stronger performance by the titles listed above compared to the prior year’s quarter. In this quarter, the titles listed in the table above as contributing significant Mandate Pictures revenue represented individually between 12% and 54% of total Mandate Pictures revenue and, in the aggregate, 86%, or $11.1 million of total Mandate Pictures revenue for the year. In the prior year’s quarter, the titles listed in the table above as contributing significant Mandate Pictures revenue represented individually between 9% and 59% of total Mandate Pictures revenue and, in the aggregate, 88%, or $7.3 million of total Mandate Pictures revenue for the quarter.

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Television Production Revenue
     The following table sets forth the components and the changes in the components of revenue that make up television production revenue for the three-month periods ended December 31, 2009 and 2008:
                                 
    Three Months     Three Months        
    Ended     Ended        
    December 31,     December 31,     Increase (Decrease)  
    2009     2008     Amount     Percent  
    (Amounts in millions)  
Television Production
                               
Domestic series licensing
  $ 69.7     $ 56.8     $ 12.9       22.7 %
International
    9.5       5.4       4.1       75.9 %
Home entertainment releases of television production
    12.1       6.9       5.2       75.4 %
Other
    0.2       0.1       0.1       100.0 %
 
                       
 
  $ 91.5     $ 69.2     $ 22.3       32.2 %
 
                       
     The following table sets forth the components of revenue that make up domestic series licensing revenue for the three-month periods ended December 31, 2009 and 2008:
                                 
    Three Months     Three Months        
    Ended     Ended        
    December 31,     December 31,     Increase (Decrease)  
    2009     2008     Amount     Percent  
    (Amounts in millions)  
Domestic series licensing
                               
Lionsgate Television
  $ 41.7     $ 30.2     $ 11.5       38.1 %
Debmar-Mercury
    25.2       12.1       13.1       108.3 %
Ish Entertainment
    2.8       14.5       (11.7 )     (80.7 %)
 
                       
 
  $ 69.7     $ 56.8     $ 12.9       22.7 %
 
                       
     The following table sets forth the number of television episodes and hours delivered by Lions Gate Television, Inc., our wholly-owned subsidiary (“Lionsgate Television”), in the three months ended December 31, 2009 and 2008, respectively:
                                                         
            Three Months Ended                     Three Months Ended  
            December 31, 2009                     December 31, 2008  
            Episodes     Hours                     Episodes     Hours  
Blue Mountain State Season 1
  1/2hr     13       6.5     Crash TV Series Season 1   1hr     13       13.0  
Nurse Jackie Season 2
  1/2hr     2       1.0     Mad Men Season 2   1hr     3       3.0  
Crash TV Series Season 2
  1hr     8       8.0     Scream Queens   1hr     8       8.0  
Mad Men Season 3
  1hr     5       5.0                                  
 
            28       20.5                       24       24.0  
 
                                               
     Revenues included in domestic series licensing from Debmar-Mercury increased $13.1 million to $25.2 million in the current quarter, from $12.1 million in the prior year’s quarter, primarily due to increased revenue from the television series House of Payne, Meet the Browns and The Wendy Williams Show.
     Revenues included in domestic series licensing from the Company’s reality television venture with Ish Entertainment, Inc. (“Ish”), of $2.8 million in the current quarter resulted from the production of the domestic series Gone Too Far, as compared to $14.5 million in the prior year’s quarter which included Paris Hilton’s My New BFF and 50 Cent: The Money and the Power.

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     International revenue of $9.5 million increased by $4.1 million in the current quarter mainly due to international revenue from Weeds Season 4, Mad Men Season 3, and Mad Men Season 1, compared to international revenue of $5.4 million in the prior year’s quarter from Mad Men Season 1 and Mad Men Season 2.
     The increase in revenue from home entertainment releases of television production is primarily driven by DVD/Blu-Ray revenue from Mad Men Season 2, Mad Men Season 1, Weeds Season 4 and Weeds Season 2.
Media Networks Revenue
     Media Networks revenue for the three months ended December 31, 2009 and 2008 are $29.3 million and nil, respectively. The acquisition of TV Guide Network occurred on February 28, 2009.
Direct Operating Expenses
     The following table sets forth direct operating expenses by segment for the three months ended December 31, 2009 and 2008:
                                                         
            Three Months Ended             Three Months Ended  
    December 31, 2009     December 31, 2008  
    Motion     Television     Media             Motion     Television        
    Pictures     Production     Networks     Total     Pictures     Production     Total  
                    (Amounts in millions)                  
Direct operating expenses
                                                       
Amortization of films and television programs
  $ 69.3     $ 64.7     $ 8.3     $ 142.2     $ 86.2     $ 42.7     $ 128.9  
Participation and residual expense
    45.1       21.0             66.1       75.6       11.1       86.7  
Other expenses
    0.2       (0.1 )     0.4       0.5       2.6       0.3       2.9  
 
                                         
 
  $ 114.6     $ 85.6     $ 8.7     $ 208.9     $ 164.4     $ 54.1     $ 218.5  
 
                                         
Direct operating expenses as a percentage of segment revenues
    45.7 %     93.6 %     29.7 %     56.2 %     64.5 %     78.2 %     67.4 %
     Direct operating expenses of the motion pictures segment of $114.6 million for this quarter were 45.7% of motion pictures revenue, compared to $164.4 million, or 64.5% of motion pictures revenue for the prior year’s quarter. The decrease in direct operating expense of the motion pictures segment in the current quarter as a percent of revenue is primarily due to higher investment in film write-downs and a participation reserve in last year’s quarter that did not occur in the current quarter. Investment in film write-downs of the motion picture segment during the current quarter totaled approximately $7.3 million compared to last year’s quarter of approximately $22.6 million of charges for write-downs of investment in film, and a $20.3 million participation reserve in connection with a home entertainment library distribution contract of family entertainment titles also in the prior year’s quarter. In the current quarter approximately $7.1 million of charges for write-downs were due to the lower than anticipated performance of one title that had not yet been released. In the prior year’s quarter, approximately $19.1 million of charges for write-downs of investment in film were due to the lower than anticipated performance of three titles that had not yet been released, and $2.8 million of the write-downs was a result of the decrease in value of a library acquired during the acquisition of Mandate Pictures due to the underperformance of those titles. Other expenses consist of the provision (benefit) for doubtful accounts and foreign exchange losses (gains). Our direct operating expenses generally fluctuate with changes in our revenue. Because of our current expectations on motion picture revenue for fiscal 2010, we believe that our direct operating expenses of our motion picture segment for fiscal 2010 will not exceed our fiscal 2009 motion picture segment direct operating expenses. However, a number of factors could impact the level of direct operating expenses, including, but not limited to, the actual and anticipated performance of our films, possible write downs of our film costs, foreign exchange rate changes, and bad debt expense.
     Direct operating expenses of the television production segment of $85.6 million for this quarter were 93.6% of television production revenue, compared to $54.1 million, or 78.2% of television production revenue for the prior year’s quarter. In the current quarter, $5.7 million of charges for write-downs of television film costs were included in the amortization of television programs, compared to $4.5 million in the prior year’s quarter associated with a television series. Because we anticipate our television production segment revenues to increase in fiscal 2010, as compared to fiscal 2009, we also expect that our direct operating expenses of our television production segment will increase in fiscal 2010, as compared to fiscal 2009. However, a number of factors could impact the level of direct operating expenses, including, but not limited to, the actual and anticipated performance of our television programs, possible write-downs of our television program costs, foreign exchange rate changes, and bad debt expense.
     Direct operating expenses of the Media Networks segment of $8.7 million for the current quarter consists primarily of programming expenses associated with the production of such programs as Hollywood 411.

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Distribution and Marketing Expenses
     The following table sets forth distribution and marketing expenses by segment for the three months ended December 31, 2009 and 2008:
                                                         
    Three Months Ended     Three Months Ended  
    December 31, 2009     December 31, 2008  
    Motion     Television     Media             Motion     Television        
    Pictures     Production     Networks     Total     Pictures     Production     Total  
    (Amounts in millions)  
Distribution and marketing expenses
                                                       
Theatrical
  $ 99.1     $     $     $ 99.1     $ 104.0     $     $ 104.0  
Home Entertainment
    36.0       4.1             40.1       42.4       1.9       44.3  
Television
    0.2       2.5             2.7       1.0       2.7       3.7  
International
    12.0       1.1             13.1       16.4       0.9       17.3  
Media Networks
                4.5       4.5                    
Other
    0.5       0.2             0.7       1.0       0.1       1.1  
 
                                         
 
  $ 147.8     $ 7.9     $ 4.5     $ 160.2     $ 164.8     $ 5.6     $ 170.4  
 
                                         
     The majority of distribution and marketing expenses relate to the motion pictures segment. Theatrical prints and advertising (“P&A”) in the motion pictures segment in the current quarter of $99.1 million decreased $4.9 million, or 4.7%, compared to $104.0 million in the prior year’s quarter. Domestic theatrical P&A from the motion pictures segment in this quarter included P&A incurred on the release of Brothers, Precious, and Saw VI, and P&A incurred in advance of the release of titles such as Daybreakers and Spy Next Door, which individually represented between 9% and 26% of total theatrical P&A and, in the aggregate, accounted for 89% of the total theatrical P&A. Domestic theatrical P&A from the motion pictures segment in the prior year’s quarter included P&A incurred on the release of My Bloody Valentine 3-D, Punisher: War Zone, Saw V, Transporter 3, and The Spirit, which individually represented between 9% and 27% of total theatrical P&A and, in the aggregate, accounted for 92% of the total theatrical P&A.
     Theatrical distribution and marketing expenses generally depend on the number of theatrical motion pictures we release and the release plan of those motion pictures in a given year. As a result, we do not currently believe that total theatrical distribution and marketing expenses for fiscal 2010 will exceed that of fiscal 2009 levels because the number of pictures that we expect to release in fiscal 2010 will be less than the number released last fiscal year.
     Home entertainment distribution and marketing costs on motion pictures and television product in this quarter of $40.1 million decreased $4.2 million, or 9.5%, compared to $44.3 million in the prior year’s quarter. The decrease in home entertainment distribution and marketing costs is mainly due to fewer titles released in the current quarter as compared to prior year’s quarter. Home entertainment distribution and marketing costs as a percentage of home entertainment revenues was 37.4% and 43.6% in the current quarter and prior year’s quarter, respectively. The decrease in home entertainment distribution and marketing costs as a percentage of revenue is primarily due to lower marketing costs and, to a lesser extent, lower manufacturing and distribution costs.
     International distribution and marketing expenses in this quarter includes $10.6 million of distribution and marketing costs from Lionsgate UK, compared to $14.6 million in the prior year’s quarter.
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General and Administrative Expenses
     The following table sets forth general and administrative expenses by segment for the three months ended December 31, 2009 and 2008:
                                 
    Three Months     Three Months        
    Ended     Ended        
    December 31,     December 31,     Increase (Decrease)  
    2009     2008     Amount     Percent  
            (Amounts in millions)          
General and Administrative Expenses
                               
Motion Pictures
  $ 11.2     $ 11.6     $ (0.4 )     (3.4 %)
Television Production
    2.5       3.1       (0.6 )     (19.4 %)
Media Networks
    9.4             9.4       100.0 %
Corporate, including stock-based compensation
    16.5       12.8       3.7       28.9 %
 
                       
Total General and Administrative Expenses
  $ 39.6     $ 27.5     $ 12.1       44.0 %
 
                               
Less Media Networks General and Administrative Expenses
    (9.4 )           (9.4 )   NM
Less Stock-Based Compensation Expense
    (4.3 )     (1.4 )     (2.9 )     207.1 %
General and Administrative Expenses excluding Media
                               
 
                       
Networks and Stock-Based Compensation Expense
  $ 25.9     $ 26.1     $ (0.2 )     (0.8 %)
 
                       
 
                               
Total general and administrative expenses as a percentage of revenue
    10.7 %     8.5 %                
 
                               
General and administrative expenses excluding Media Networks and stock-based compensation expense, as a percentage of Motion Pictures and Television Production revenue
    7.6 %     8.1 %                
     The following table sets forth stock-based compensation expense (benefit) included in our corporate segment for the three months ended December 31, 2009 and 2008:
                                 
    Three Months     Three Months        
    Ended     Ended        
    December 31,     December 31,     Increase (Decrease)  
    2009     2008     Amount     Percent  
            (Amounts in millions)          
Stock-Based Compensation Expense (Benefit):
                               
Stock options
  $ 0.8     $ 0.8     $       0.0 %
Restricted share units
    3.3       3.3             0.0 %
Stock appreciation rights
    0.2       (2.7 )     2.9       (107.4 %)
 
                       
 
  $ 4.3     $ 1.4     $ 2.9       207.1 %
 
                       
     General and administrative expenses increased by $12.1 million or 44.0% mainly due to the general and administrative expenses associated with the Media Networks segment, which was acquired in February 2009, of $9.4 million and due to increases in stock based compensation included in the Corporate segment, offset by slight decreases in our other reporting segments. General and administrative expenses of the Media Networks segment are primarily related to salaries and related expenses. The increase in stock based compensation included in the Corporate segment primarily related to a $2.9 million increase in stock appreciation rights in the three months ended December 31, 2009 as compared to the three months ended December 31, 2008.
     General and administrative expenses excluding Media Network and stock-based compensation was $25.9 million in the current quarter compared to $26.1 million in the prior year quarter, which represents a decrease of $0.2 million or 1%.

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     At December 31, 2009, as disclosed in Note 16 to the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements, there was unrecognized compensation costs of approximately $17.9 million related to stock options and restricted share units previously granted, including annual installments of share grants that were subject to performance targets, which will be expensed over the remaining vesting periods. At December 31, 2009, 894,554 shares of restricted share units have been awarded to four key executive officers, the vesting of which will be subject to performance targets to be set annually by the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors of the Company. These restricted share units will vest in three, four, and five annual installments assuming annual performance targets have been met. The fair value of the 894,554 shares whose future annual performance targets have not been set was $5.2 million, based on the market price of the Company’s common shares as of December 31, 2009. The market value will be remeasured when the annual performance criteria are set and the value will be expensed over the remaining vesting periods once it becomes probable that the performance targets will be satisfied.
Depreciation, Amortization and Other Expenses (Income)
     Depreciation and amortization of $6.7 million this quarter increased $5.1 million from $1.6 million in the prior year’s quarter. The increase is primarily due to depreciation of tangible assets and amortization of intangible assets acquired in connection with the purchase of TV Guide Network. Estimated amortization expense, based on intangible assets as of December 31, 2009, for the three-months ended March 31, 2010 and for each of the years ending March 31, 2011 through 2014 is approximately $2.7 million, $10.2 million, $7.1 million, $7.0 million, and $6.8 million, respectively.

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     Interest expense of $16.8 million this quarter increased $8.7 million, or 107.4%, from the prior year’s quarter of $8.1 million. The following table sets forth the components of interest expense for the three months ended December 31, 2009 and 2008:
                 
    Three Months     Three Months  
    Ended     Ended  
    December 31,     December 31,  
    2009     2008  
    (Amounts in millions)  
Interest Expense
               
Cash Based:
               
Senior revolving credit facility
  $ 1.1     $ 0.5  
Senior subordinated debentures
    2.0       2.7  
Senior secured second priority notes
    4.0        
Other
    0.6       0.3  
 
           
 
    7.7       3.5  
 
           
 
               
Non-Cash Based:
               
Amortization of discount on liability component of senior subordinated debentures
    4.4       3.9  
Amortization of discount on senior secured second priority notes
    0.8        
Amortization of deferred financing costs
    0.9       0.7  
Accretion of mandatorily redeemable preferred stock units and 10% non-cash dividend
    3.0        
 
           
 
    9.1       4.6  
 
           
 
  $ 16.8     $ 8.1  
 
           
     We expect that our interest expense will increase through the end of our fiscal year 2010 because of additional interest expense related to the senior secured second-priority notes issued on October 21, 2009 and higher average outstanding balances under our senior secured credit facility, as compared to the average outstanding balance of the prior year.
     Interest and other income was $0.4 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2009, compared to $0.9 million in the prior year’s quarter. Interest and other income this quarter was earned on the lower average cash balances and restricted investments held during the three months ended December 31, 2009 as compared to 2008.
     Loss on extinguishment of debt was $1.8 million for the three months ended December 31, 2009, resulting from the December 2009 repurchase of the October 2004 2.9375% Notes and the February 2005 3.625% Notes, compared to a gain of $3.0 million in the prior year’s period resulting from the repurchase of $9.0 million of the February 2005 3.625% Notes.
     The following table represents our portion of the income or loss of our equity method investees based on our percentage ownership for the three months ended December 31, 2009 and 2008:
                         
            Three Months     Three Months  
            Ended     Ended  
    Percentage     December 31,     December 31,  
    Ownership     2009     2008  
            (Amounts in millions)  
Horror Entertainment, LLC (“FEARnet”)
    33.33 %   $ 83     $ (1,373 )
NextPoint, Inc. (“Break.com”)
    42.00 %     165       (208 )
Roadside Attractions, LLC
    43.00 %     (230 )     134  
Studio 3 Partners, LLC (“EPIX”) (1)
    28.57 %     (6,921 )     (248 )
 
                   
 
          $ (6,903 )   $ (1,695 )
 
                   
 
(1)   Certain of our theatrical releases have been made available to EPIX for exhibition in the domestic pay television window, for which $25.7 million of revenue and $17.2 million of gross profit was recognized in the three months ended December 31, 2009. Intercompany profits reflecting our pro rata share of the venture of $5.3 million for the three months ended December 31, 2009 were eliminated and are reflected in our share of losses incurred by EPIX shown above. Also reflected in our share of losses incurred by EPIX shown above are $1.6 million and $0.2 million of losses for the three months ended December 31, 2009 and 2008, respectively.

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Income Tax Benefit
     We had an income tax benefit of $1.8 million, or 2.6% of loss before income taxes in the three months ended December 31, 2009, compared to a benefit of $2.0 million, or 2.0% of loss before income taxes in the three months ended December 31, 2008. The tax benefit reflected in the current quarter is primarily attributable to U.S. and Canadian income taxes and foreign withholding taxes. Our actual annual effective tax rate will differ from the statutory federal rate as a result of several factors, including changes in the valuation allowance against net deferred tax assets, non-temporary differences, foreign income taxed at different rates, and state and local income taxes. Income tax loss carryforwards, subject to certain limitations that may prevent us from fully utilizing them, amount to approximately $133.2 million for U.S. federal income tax purposes available to reduce income taxes over twenty years, $147.3 million for U.S. state income tax purposes available to reduce income taxes over future years with varying expirations, $18.9 million for Canadian income tax purposes available to reduce income taxes over 20 years with varying expirations, $20.9 million for UK income tax purposes available indefinitely to reduce future income taxes and $2.4 million of Hong Kong loss carryforwards available indefinitely to reduce future income taxes.
     At March 31, 2009, the Company had U.S. Alternative Minimum Tax (“AMT”) credit carryforwards of approximately $2.0 million available to reduce future federal income tax, which begin to expire in 2011.
Net Loss
     Net loss for the three months ended December 31, 2009 was $67.0 million, compared to net loss for the three months ended December 31, 2008 of $97.8 million.
     Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest for the three months ended December 31, 2009 was $1.7 million, compared to nil for the three months ended December 31, 2008.
     Net loss attributable to our shareholders for the three months ended December 31, 2009 was $65.3 million, or basic and diluted net loss per common share of $0.55 on 117.7 million weighted average common shares outstanding. This compares to net loss attributable to our shareholders for the three months ended December 31, 2008 of $97.8 million, or basic and diluted net loss per common share of $0.84 on 115.8 million weighted average common shares outstanding.

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     Nine Months Ended December 31, 2009 Compared to Nine Months Ended December 31, 2008
     Consolidated revenues for the nine months ended December 31, 2009 of $1.2 billion increased $150.0 million, or 15.0%, compared to $1.0 billion in the nine months ended December 31, 2008. Motion pictures revenue of $800.8 million for the current nine-month period decreased $23.6 million, or 2.9%, compared to $824.4 million in the prior year’s period. We reduced the number of our theatrical releases for fiscal 2010, as compared to fiscal 2009. As a result, we currently expect that our motion picture segment revenue for fiscal 2010 will not exceed our fiscal 2009 motion picture segment revenue. However, actual motion picture revenue will depend on the performance of our film and video titles across all media and territories and can vary materially from expectations.
     Television production revenues of $267.7 million this period increased $88.9 million, or 49.7%, compared to $178.8 million in the prior year’s period. Based on the television shows expected to be delivered in fiscal 2010, we currently anticipate that our television production segment revenue in fiscal 2010 will exceed our fiscal 2009 television production segment revenue. However, actual revenues will depend on actual deliveries and can vary materially from expectations.
     Media Networks revenue was $84.7 million for the current period, as compared to nil in the prior year’s period. Our revenues for the remainder of the fiscal year could be negatively impacted if, among other factors, we lose certain affiliation agreements or we have reduced viewership of the TV Guide Network. See our discussion of the risk factors relating to our revenues and TV Guide Network in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on June 1, 2009, and in Exhibit 99.1 to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on October 13, 2009.
     Our largest component of revenue comes from home entertainment. The following table sets forth total home entertainment revenue for both the Motion Pictures and Television Production reporting segments for the nine-month periods ended December 31, 2009 and 2008:
                                 
    Nine Months     Nine Months        
    Ended     Ended        
    December 31,     December 31,     Increase (Decrease)  
    2009     2008     Amount     Percent  
            (Amounts in millions)          
Home Entertainment Revenue
                               
Motion Pictures
  $ 359.5     $ 411.0     $ (51.5 )     (12.5 %)
Television Production
    36.8       29.0       7.8       26.9 %
 
                       
 
  $ 396.3     $ 440.0     $ (43.7 )     (9.9 %)
 
                       
Motion Pictures Revenue
     The following table sets forth the components of revenue and the changes in these components for the motion pictures reporting segment for the nine-month periods ended December 31, 2009 and 2008:
                                 
    Nine Months     Nine Months        
    Ended     Ended        
    December 31,     December 31,     Increase (Decrease)  
    2009     2008     Amount     Percent  
            (Amounts in millions)          
Motion Pictures
                               
Theatrical
  $ 102.4     $ 133.9     $ (31.5 )     (23.5 %)
Home Entertainment
    359.5       411.0       (51.5 )     (12.5 %)
Television
    143.4       129.8       13.6       10.5 %
International
    97.5       103.9       (6.4 )     (6.2 %)
Mandate Pictures
    91.8       38.0       53.8       141.6 %
Other
    6.2       7.8       (1.6 )     (20.5 %)
 
                       
 
  $ 800.8     $ 824.4     $ (23.6 )     (2.9 %)
 
                       

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     The following table sets forth the titles contributing significant motion pictures revenue for the nine-month periods ended December 31, 2009 and 2008:
             
Nine Months Ended December 31,
2009   2008
    Theatrical and DVD       Theatrical and DVD
Title   Release Date   Title   Release Date
Theatrical:
      Theatrical:    
Brothers
  December 2009  
Transporter 3
  November 2008
Precious
  November 2009  
Saw V
  October 2008
Saw VI
  October 2009  
W.
  October 2008
Gamer
  September 2009  
My Best Friend's Girl
  September 2008
The Haunting in Connecticut
  March 2009  
The Family That Preys
  September 2008
Crank: High Voltage
  April 2009  
The Forbidden Kingdom
  April 2008
I Can Do Bad All By Myself
  September 2009        
             
Home Entertainment:
      Home Entertainment:    
Crank: High Voltage
  September 2009  
The Forbidden Kingdom
  September 2008
The Haunting in Connecticut
  July 2009  
Meet The Browns
  July 2008
Madea Goes to Jail
  June 2009  
The Bank Job
  July 2008
My Bloody Valentine 3-D
  May 2009  
The Eye
  June 2008
New In Town
  May 2009  
Witless Protection
  June 2008
The Spirit
  April 2009  
Rambo
  May 2008
     
Television:   Television:
Madea Goes to Jail   3:10 to Yuma
My Bloody Valentine 3-D   Good Luck Chuck
My Best Friend’s Girl   Rambo
New In Town   Saw IV
Saw V   The Eye
The Family That Preys   War
Transporter 3   Why Did I Get Married? — Feature
W.    
     
International:   International:
My Best Friend’s Girl   My Best Friend’s Girl
My Bloody Valentine 3-D   Punisher: War Zone
Saw V   Saw IV
Saw VI   Saw V
The Eye
War
     
Mandate Pictures:   Mandate Pictures:
Drag Me To Hell   30 Days of Night
Horsemen   Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
Juno   Juno
Passengers   Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist
Whip It   Passengers
 
     

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     Theatrical revenue of $102.4 million decreased $31.5 million, or 23.5%, in this period as compared to the prior year’s period due to fewer releases in the current period as compared to the prior year’s period. In the current nine-month period, the titles listed in the above table as contributing significant theatrical revenue represented individually between 6% and 24% of total theatrical revenue and, in the aggregate, approximately 93%, or $95.5 million of total theatrical revenue. In the prior year’s period, the titles listed in the above table as contributing significant theatrical revenue represented individually between 6% and 20% of total theatrical revenue and, in the aggregate, approximately 75%, or $100.4 million of total theatrical revenue.
     Home entertainment revenue of $359.5 million decreased $51.5 million, or 12.5%, in this period as compared to the prior year’s period. Approximately $36.0 million of the decrease is due to lower revenue generated from the titles listed in the above table in the current period as compared to the revenue generated from the titles in the above table for the prior year’s period. The titles listed above as contributing significant home entertainment revenue in the current period represented individually between 4% to 9% of total home entertainment revenue and, in the aggregate, 35%, or $126.6 million of total home entertainment revenue for the period. In the prior year’s period, the titles listed above as contributing significant home entertainment revenue represented individually between 4% to 11% of total home entertainment revenue and, in the aggregate, 40%, or $162.8 million of total home entertainment revenue for the period. In the current period $232.9 million, or 65%, of total home entertainment revenue was contributed by titles that individually make up less than 2% of total home entertainment revenue, and in the prior year’s period this amounted to $248.3 million, or 60%, of total home entertainment revenue.
     Television revenue included in motion pictures revenue of $143.4 million in this period increased $13.6 million, or 10.5%, compared to the prior year’s period. In the current nine-month period, the titles listed above as contributing significant television revenue represented individually between 5% to 12% of total television revenue and, in the aggregate, 58% or $83.8 million of total television revenue for the period. In the prior year’s period, the titles listed above as contributing significant television revenue represented individually between 5% to 11% of total television revenue and, in the aggregate, 63%, or $81.7 million of total television revenue for the period. In the current period, $59.6 million, or 42%, of total television revenue was contributed by titles that individually make up less than 5% of total television revenue, and in the prior year’s period, this amounted to $48.1 million, or 37%, of total television revenue for the period.
     International revenue of $97.5 million decreased $6.4 million, or 6.2%, in this period as compared to the prior year’s period. Lionsgate UK contributed $49.6 million, or 50.9% of international revenue in the current period, which included revenues from Crank: High Voltage, Drag Me To Hell, My Bloody Valentine 3-D, and Saw VI, compared to $42.5 million, or 40.9%, of total international revenue in the prior year’s period. In this period, the titles listed in the table above as contributing significant international revenue, excluding revenue generated from these titles by Lionsgate UK, represented individually between 2% to 5% of total international revenue and, in the aggregate, 16%, or $15.7 million, of total international revenue for the period. In the prior year’s period, the titles listed in the table above as contributing significant revenue represented individually between 2% to 8% of total international revenue and, in the aggregate, 31%, or $32.5 million, of total international revenue for the period.
     Mandate Pictures revenue includes revenue from the sales and licensing of domestic and worldwide rights of titles developed or acquired by Mandate Pictures to third-party distributors or international sub-distributors. International revenue, other than international revenue from Lionsgate UK, from Mandate Pictures titles is included in the Mandate Pictures revenue in the table above. In the current period, Mandate Pictures revenue amounted to $91.8 million, as compared to $38.0 million in the prior year’s period. This increase was mainly due to the release of the title Drag Me To Hell in the current period. In this period, the titles listed in the table above as contributing significant Mandate Pictures revenue represented individually between 7% and 53% of total Mandate Pictures revenue and, in the aggregate, 94%, or $85.9 million of total Mandate Pictures revenue for the period. In the prior year’s period, the titles listed in the table above as contributing significant Mandate Pictures revenue represented individually between 6% and 36% of total Mandate Pictures revenue and, in the aggregate, 88%, or $33.5 million of total Mandate Pictures revenue for the period.
Television Production Revenue
     The following table sets forth the components and the changes in the components of revenue that make up television production revenue for the nine-month periods ended December 31, 2009 and 2008:

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    Nine Months     Nine Months        
    Ended     Ended        
    December 31,     December 31,     Increase (Decrease)  
    2009     2008     Amount     Percent  
            (Amounts in millions)          
Television Production
                               
Domestic series licensing
  $ 198.8     $ 133.1     $ 65.7       49.4 %
International
    31.6       16.2       15.4       95.1 %
Home entertainment releases of television production
    36.8       29.0       7.8       26.9 %
Other
    0.5       0.5             0.0 %
 
                       
 
  $ 267.7     $ 178.8     $ 88.9       49.7 %
 
                       
     The following table sets forth the components of revenue that make up domestic series licensing revenue for the nine-month periods ended December 31, 2009 and 2008:
                                 
    Nine Months     Nine Months        
    Ended     Ended        
    December 31,     December 31,     Increase (Decrease)  
    2009     2008     Amount     Percent  
            (Amounts in millions)          
Domestic series licensing
                               
Lionsgate Television
  $ 113.0     $ 78.7     $ 34.3       43.6 %
Debmar-Mercury
    67.0       38.1       28.9       75.9 %
Ish Entertainment
    18.8       16.3       2.5       15.3 %
 
                       
 
  $ 198.8     $ 133.1     $ 65.7       49.4 %
 
                       
     Revenues included in domestic series licensing from Lionsgate Television of $113.0 million increased by $34.3 million, or 43.6%, in the current nine-month period compared to $78.7 million in the prior year’s period. The following table sets forth the number of television episodes and hours delivered by Lionsgate Television in the nine months ended December 31, 2009 and 2008, respectively:
                                                         
            Nine Months Ended                     Nine Months Ended  
            December 31, 2009                     December 31, 2008  
            Episodes     Hours                     Episodes     Hours  
Nurse Jackie Season 2
  1/2 hr     2       1.0     Weeds Season 4   1/2hr     13       6.5  
Blue Mountain State
  1/2hr     13       6.5     Crash TV Series Season 1   1hr     13       13.0  
Nurse Jackie Season 1
  1/2hr     12       6.0     Fear Itself   1hr     13       13.0  
Weeds Season 5
  1/2hr     13       6.5     Mad Men Season 2   1hr     13       13.0  
Crash TV Series Season 2
  1hr     13       13.0     Scream Queens   1hr     8       8.0  
Mad Men Season 3
  1hr     13       13.0                                  
 
                                                       
 
                                               
 
            66       46.0                       60       53.5  
 
                                               
     Revenues included in domestic series licensing from Debmar-Mercury increased $28.9 million to $67.0 million in the current period, from $38.1 million in the prior year’s period, primarily due to increased revenue from the television series House of Payne and Meet the Browns.
     Revenues included in domestic series licensing from the Company’s reality television venture with Ish, of $18.8 million in the current period resulted from the production of the domestic series Paris Hilton’s My New BFF and My Antonio, as compared to $16.3 million in the prior year’s period.

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     International revenue of $31.6 million increased by $15.4 million in the current period mainly due to international revenue from Crash TV Series Season 1, Dead Zone, Mad Men Season 1 and 2, Paris Hilton’s My New BFF, compared to international revenue of $16.2 million in the prior year’s period from Mad Men Seasons 1 and 2, Weeds Season 3, The Kill Point, and Wildfire Season 4.
     The increase in revenue from home entertainment releases of television production is primarily driven by DVD/Blu-Ray revenue from Weeds Season 4 and Mad Men Seasons 1 and 2.
Media Networks Revenue
     Media Networks revenue for the nine months ended December 31, 2009 and 2008 are $84.7 million and nil, respectively. The acquisition of TV Guide Network occurred on February 28, 2009.
Direct Operating Expenses
     The following table sets forth direct operating expenses by segment for the nine months ended December 31, 2009 and 2008:
                                                         
            Nine Months Ended             Nine Months Ended  
    December 31, 2009     December 31, 2008  
    Motion     Television     Media             Motion     Television        
    Pictures     Production     Networks     Total     Pictures     Production     Total  
                    (Amounts in millions)                  
Direct operating expenses
                                                       
Amortization of films and television programs
  $ 235.2     $ 167.3     $ 26.9     $ 429.4     $ 206.4     $ 109.2     $ 315.6  
Participation and residual expense
    132.6       55.9             188.5       212.4       33.3       245.7  
Other expenses
    1.3       0.6       0.2       2.1       3.5       0.9       4.4  
 
                                         
 
  $ 369.1     $ 223.8     $ 27.1     $ 620.0     $ 422.3     $ 143.4     $ 565.7  
 
                                         
Direct operating expenses as a percentage of segment revenues
    46.1 %     83.6 %     32.0 %     53.8 %     51.2 %     80.2 %     56.4 %
     Direct operating expenses of the motion pictures segment of $369.1 million for the current nine-month period were 46.1% of motion pictures revenue, compared to $422.3 million, or 51.2% of motion pictures revenue for the prior year’s period. The decrease in direct operating expense of the motion pictures segment in the current period as a percent of revenue is primarily due to higher investment in film write-downs in last year’s period compared to the current period and a participation reserve in last year’s period that did not occur in the current period. Investment in film write-downs of the motion picture segment totaled approximately $12.6 million for the current period, compared to $28.9 million of charges for write-downs of investment in film and a $20.3 million participation reserve in connection with a home entertainment library distribution contract of family entertainment titles in the prior year’s period. In the current period, approximately $7.1 million of the write-down related to the lower than anticipated performance of one title that had not yet been released and approximately $2.5 million of the write-down related to the change in domestic release strategy of one motion picture. In the prior year’s period, approximately $23.3 million of the charges for write-downs of investment in film were due to the lower than anticipated performance of four titles that had not yet been released, and $2.8 million of the write-downs was a result of the decrease in value of a library acquired during the acquisition of Mandate Pictures due to the underperformance of those titles. Other expenses consist of the provision for doubtful accounts and foreign exchange losses (gains). Our direct operating expenses generally fluctuate with changes in our revenue. Because of our current expectations on motion picture revenue for fiscal 2010, we believe that our direct operating expenses of our motion picture segment for fiscal 2010 will not exceed our fiscal 2009 motion picture segment direct operating expenses. However, a number of factors could impact the level of direct operating expenses, including, but not limited to, the actual and anticipated performance of our films, possible write-downs of our film costs, foreign exchange rate changes, and bad debt expense.
     Direct operating expenses of the television production segment of $223.8 million for this period were 83.6% of television production revenue, compared to $143.4 million, or 80.2% of television production revenue for the prior year’s period. In the current period, approximately $7.5 million of charges for write-downs of television film costs were included in the amortization of television programs, compared to $7.1 million in the prior year’s period. In the current period, approximately $6.5 million of the write-down related to four television series. Included in the charges in the prior year’s period was a write-down of approximately $3.7 million associated with two television series. Because we anticipate our television production segment revenues to increase in fiscal 2010, as compared to fiscal 2009, we also expect that our direct operating expenses of our television production segment will increase in fiscal 2010, as compared to fiscal 2009. However, a number of factors could impact the level of direct operating expenses, including, but not

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limited to, the actual and anticipated performance of our television programs, possible write-downs of our television program costs, foreign exchange rate changes, and bad debt expense.
     Direct operating expenses of the Media Networks segment of $27.1 million for the current period consists primarily of programming expenses associated with the production of such programs as Idol Tonight, Hollywood 411, and the 2009 Emmy Awards coverage.
Distribution and Marketing Expenses
     The following table sets forth distribution and marketing expenses by segment for the nine months ended December 31, 2009 and 2008:
                                                         
            Nine Months Ended             Nine Months Ended  
    December 31, 2009     December 31, 2008  
    Motion     Television     Media             Motion     Television        
    Pictures     Production     Networks     Total     Pictures     Production     Total  
                    (Amounts in millions)                  
Distribution and marketing expenses
                                                       
Theatrical
  $ 149.2     $ 0.2     $     $ 149.4     $ 235.3     $     $ 235.3  
Home Entertainment
    134.3       11.7             146.0       166.1       8.5       174.6  
Television
    1.8       6.7             8.5       3.5       5.2       8.7  
International
    27.5       3.6             31.1       34.9       3.0       37.9  
Media Networks
                10.9       10.9                    
Other
    1.4       0.2             1.6       1.9       0.4       2.3  
 
                                         
 
  $ 314.2     $ 22.4     $ 10.9     $ 347.5     $ 441.7     $ 17.1     $ 458.8  
 
                                         
     The majority of distribution and marketing expenses relate to the motion pictures segment. Theatrical P&A in the motion pictures segment in the current period of $149.2 million decreased $86.1 million, or 36.6%, compared to $235.3 million in the prior year’s period. Domestic theatrical P&A from the motion pictures segment in this period included P&A incurred on the release of Brothers, Saw VI, Precious, I Can Do Bad All By Myself, and Gamer, and P&A incurred in advance of the release of titles such as Daybreakers and Spy Next Door, which individually represented between 6% and 18% of total theatrical P&A and, in the aggregate, accounted for 86% of the total theatrical P&A. Domestic theatrical P&A from the motion pictures segment in the prior year’s period included P&A incurred on the release of Bangkok Dangerous, Disaster Movie, My Best Friend’s Girl, Punisher: War Zone, Saw V, The Family That Preys, The Forbidden Kingdom, The Spirit, and Transporter 3, which individually represented between 6% and 12% of total theatrical P&A and in the aggregate accounted for 87% of the total theatrical P&A. In the prior year’s period, Bangkok Dangerous, Disaster Movie, Punisher: War Zone, and The Spirit individually represented between 9% and 11% of total theatrical P&A, and in the aggregate, accounted for 39% of total theatrical P&A, and each contributed less than 5% of total theatrical revenue, and, in the aggregate, contributed less than 16% of total theatrical revenue.
     Theatrical distribution and marketing expenses generally depend on the number of theatrical motion pictures we release and the release plan of those motion pictures in a given year. As a result, we do not currently believe that total theatrical distribution and marketing expenses for fiscal 2010 will exceed that of fiscal 2009 levels because the number of pictures that we expect to release in fiscal 2010 will be less than the number released last fiscal year.
     Home entertainment distribution and marketing costs on motion pictures and television product in this period of $146.0 million decreased $28.6 million, or 16.4%, compared to $174.6 million in the prior year’s period. The decrease in home entertainment distribution and marketing costs is mainly due to the decrease in home entertainment revenue in the current period as compared to the prior year’s period, respectively. Home entertainment distribution and marketing costs as a percentage of home entertainment revenues was 36.8% and 39.7% in the current period and prior year’s period, respectively. The decrease in home entertainment distribution and marketing costs as a percentage of revenue is primarily due to lower marketing costs and, to a lesser extent, lower manufacturing and distribution costs.
     International distribution and marketing expenses in this period includes $23.9 million of distribution and marketing costs from Lionsgate UK, compared to $31.2 million in the prior year’s period.
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General and Administrative Expenses
     The following table sets forth general and administrative expenses by segment for the nine months ended December 31, 2009 and 2008:
                                 
    Nine Months     Nine Months        
    Ended     Ended        
    December 31,     December 31,     Increase (Decrease)  
    2009     2008     Amount     Percent  
            (Amounts in millions)          
General and Administrative Expenses
                               
Motion Pictures
  $ 34.0     $ 36.5     $ (2.5 )     (6.8 %)
Television Production
    6.6       8.5       (1.9 )     (22.4 %)
Media Networks
    31.6             31.6       100.0 %
Corporate, including stock based compensation
    50.9       51.4       (0.5 )     (1.0 %)
Total General and Administrative Expenses
  $ 123.1     $ 96.4     $ 26.7       27.7 %
 
                               
Less Media Networks General and Administrative Expenses
    (31.6 )           (31.6 )   NM
Less Stock-Based Compensation Expense
    (12.5 )     (8.3 )     (4.2 )     50.6 %
General and Administrative Expenses excluding Media
                               
 
                       
Networks and Stock-Based Compensation Expense
  $ 79.0     $ 88.1     $ (9.1 )     (10.3 %)
 
                       
 
                               
Total general and administrative expenses as a percentage of revenue
    10.7 %     9.6 %                
 
                               
General and administrative expenses excluding Media Networks and stock-based compensation expense, as a percentage of Motion Pictures and Television Production revenue
    7.4 %     8.8 %                

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     The following table sets forth stock-based compensation expense (benefit) included in our corporate segment for the nine months ended December 31, 2009 and 2008:
                                 
    Nine Months     Nine Months        
    Ended     Ended