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Steve Rothenberg dies at 50

Film distribution veteran worked 28 years in the industry

Lionsgate film releasing president Steve Rothenberg, a film distribution veteran known for energetic work habits and broad knowledge of his field, died Thursday in Burbank after a year-long battle with stomach cancer. He was 50.

The New York native was a 28-year industry vet, who began his career working for filmmaker Roger Corman. During more than 10 years at Lionsgate, Rothenberg guided the release of films with a combined boxoffice of almost $2 billion, featuring a diverse array of successful films such as Michael Moore's political documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11," western "3:10 to Yuma," the "Saw" horror pics and Tyler Perry comedies.

Rothenberg previously served as distribution president at Artisan Entertainment, where he created and implemented a distribution strategy for the indie horror phenomenon "The Blair Witch Project" and many other theatrical releases.

Rothenberg is remembered both for his tireless work ethic and unflagging loyalty to family and friends. He is survived by his wife Frances and their children Alexandra, Ted and Emma of Glendale, Calif.; his mother, Ina Rothenberg, of Boynton Beach, Fla.; and a sister, Stacy Moscoe, of West Hills, Calif.

A memorial service will be held noon Tuesday at Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills, 5950 Forest Lawn Drive in Los Angeles. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Camp Kesem, a children's camp for families coping with cancer at www.campkesem.org.