Lionsgate Names Long-Time Wall Street Bull Head of Investor Relations

James Marsh - Publicity - P 2016
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Former Piper Jaffray analyst James Marsh will spearhead investor marketing as analysts continue to look at a possible Starz acquisition by the 'Hunger Games' studio.

Lionsgate has named former Piper Jaffray analyst James Marsh its new head of investor relations.

Marsh, who will report to Lionsgate CFO Jimmy Barge, will spearhead investor marketing and handle daily communications with shareholders and analysts. Marsh is a long-time Lionsgate bull and has lauded its movie pipeline, expanding TV production business and creation of new movie franchises after its Hunger Games success.

Marsh more recently touted expected content consolidation by John Malone after the billionaire investor, who owns big stakes in Discovery Communications and Liberty Global, saw each acquire 3.4 percent stakes in Lionsgate on top of the 3 percent stake Malone already held.

"Liberty could push for new OTT offerings, might be interested in library deals, potentially starting new channels," Marsh wrote in his note at the time about how Liberty Global could exploit Lionsgate's film and TV library. Besides working at Piper Jaffray for eight years, the veteran analyst did stints at SG Cowen, Prudential and Kidder Peabody, among others, and will be based at Lionsgate's Santa Monica headquarters.

"Jimmy is a superstar addition to our team who brings a deep understanding of our company and industry to his position, and he is highly respected by shareholders and analysts alike," Barge said.

"Lionsgate is distinguished by superb management, an entrepreneurial culture and a track record of innovation, and they are one of the top content companies in the world," said Marsh.