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Michael Burns

Michael R. Burns joined Lions Gate Entertainment's Board of Directors in 1999 and became Vice Chairman in March 2000. Previously, Burns served for nine years as managing director and head of Prudential Securities’ Los Angeles investment banking office. While at Prudential, he specialized in raising equity within the media and entertainment industry. Prior to joining Prudential, he spent nine years at Shearson Lehman Brothers (now Citigroup Smith Barney) in New York and Los Angeles. Burns has served as chairman of Ignite Entertainment, a Los Angeles-based entertainment production company, was cofounder of the Hollywood Stock Exchange, and serves as chairman and cofounder of Burns has recently been profiled or featured in such varied major media outlets as AMC Sunday Morning Shootout, Barron's, BloombergTV, BusinessWeek, CBS MarketWatch, CNBC Power Lunch, Financial Times, Fortune, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. He was married to actress Lori Loughlin from 1989 to 1996. He married actress Pell James in 2006. Burns was born in Long Branch, New Jersey on August 21, 1958 but grew up in New Canaan, Connecticut, graduating from New Canaan High School in 1976.


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