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The Bedford Report

November 30, 2011 08:16 ET

Seven Arts and Lions Gate Entertainment Benefit From Joint Ventures and Merger Speculation

The Bedford Report Provides Equity Research on Seven Arts Entertainment & Lions Gate Entertainment

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Nov 30, 2011) - Companies in the Movie Production industry have been showing signs of growth in recent quarters. Consumers -- particularly in North America and Emerging markets -- have been more willing to head out to see movies despite the somewhat tepid economic recovery. Ticket sales and concession sales are on the upswing and helping some companies' top-line grow. The Bedford Report examines the outlook for companies in the Movie Production, Theaters Industry and provides equity research on Seven Arts Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: SAPX) and Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation (NYSE: LGF). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

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While at its advent, 3D technology seemed like it would represent a huge secular shift for the sector, the mix between 3D and 2D movie patrons seems to be favouring 2D somewhat more after a strong initial push by 3D. This could be because movies unworthy of 3D have spoiled the "brand" and now that producers are more selective with which movies are shot in the different formats, 3D will regain popularity.

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In recent news, Bloomberg reports that Lions Gate Entertainment is in merger talks with Summit Entertainment LLC, the studio behind the "Twilight" vampire movies, three people with knowledge of the situation said. Lions Gate would gain access to the cash generated by the five "Twilight" movies. The first four films have grossed more than $1 billion in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales for Summit, according to Box Office Mojo.

Seven Arts Entertainment Inc.'s predecessor was founded in 2002 as an independent motion picture production and distribution company engaged in the development, acquisition, financing, production, and licensing of theatrical motion pictures for exhibition in domestic and foreign theatrical markets. Seven Art's business model has more recently turned its primary focus to the distribution in the post-theatrical markets for lower-cost, "genre" motion pictures. Earlier this month Seven Arts and GFM Films LLC ("GFM") announced that their joint venture for film distribution, which was formally launched at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, made its first acquisition.

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