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Lions Gate’s Burns Criticizes Most-Favored Nation Deals

Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. Vice Chairman Michael Burns took a swipe at widely used contract provisions that ensure pay-TV companies all pay the same price for programming, saying they hurt viewers.

So-called most-favored nation deals are common when cable and satellite TV operators license channels and programs from companies such as Lions Gate, the Santa Monica, California-based studio that makes “Mad Men” and “The Hunger Games.” Those terms should be eliminated, Burns said today at the Milken Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California.