MGM and Lionsgate: A Love Story?

Merging the two would create a huge, profitable archive, but it could still prove another cautionary Hollywood tale for outside investors

"There's a sucker born every minute." That none-too-flattering characterization of consumers is credited to circus impresario P.T. Barnum -- who likely never uttered those immortal words. But their uncertain origin doesn't necessarily render them untrue. And no place is a greater testament to their veracity than Hollywood, where OPM -- other people's money -- is as much a part of the vernacular as profit participation and back ends.

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