In January, Feltheimer, 68, and Burns, 61, will mark their 20th anniversary running the studio, which has been the subject of persistent sale rumors. The 2016 acquisition of Starz has shown positive signs, with subscribers jumping from 23.5 million to 24.7 million in 2019. But recent reports of a possible Starz spinoff or sale sent Lionsgate’s stock to a nearly eight-year low (though the company likely would turn a profit on a Starz sale given that it bought it for $4.4 billion and already turned down a $5 billion offer from CBS in the spring). Buoyed by $323 million worldwide for John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum (the first greenlight for Drake, 58), the film slate earned 93 percent more in the first six months of 2019 than it did in 2018’s first half, with Rambo: Last Blood showing that the series still has legs ($81.9 million). Under Beggs, 53, TV continued the success of its best development year in the studio’s history, with more than 70 projects set up with network partners from Apple to Quibi.
A TOP TALENT (NOT ON YOUR PLATFORM) WHOM YOU ADMIRE
Feltheimer: “My 19-year-old daughter said that she’d have a heart attack if she met Timothee Chalamet, and I think he’s pretty talented, too.”
Beggs: “I am obsessed with the Hulu series Pen15 and its creators, Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle. Maya did a great turn on Casual for us, but playing a middle schooler with such total commitment in the Pen15 series is masterful. And watching it is a reminder of how awful middle school was for everyone!”
Burns: “I like the Rob Pattinson resurgence.”
IF YOU COULD CONTROL ONE PIECE OF IP, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Feltheimer: “There’s a great piece of IP I’m looking at right now, but if I told you I’d have to … well, you know the rest.”
Burns: “The entire Marvel universe.”
GO-TO PODCAST FOR A LONG DRIVE
Feltheimer: “Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History, How I Built This with Guy Raz, Pod Save America.”
Drake: “As a Clippers fan, I thought The Sterling Affairs was riveting.”
Beggs: “I roll phone calls on my daily drive to and from work, but when I walk for exercise I enjoy Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History, the Crimetown franchise and most recently a true crime piece called Bear Brook.”
BEST OR WORST THING ABOUT HOLLYWOOD’S MERGER MANIA
Feltheimer: “Best thing: Disruption creates opportunity. Worst thing: conglomerates behaving in monopolistic and self-dealing ways.”
Beggs: “Merger mania has injected massive programming spend into the TV ecosystem, which is great for content suppliers like us. The downside is the pressure from vertically integrated media companies to only source product from their owned and operated content verticals.”
LAST BIG SPLURGE
Feltheimer: “We had my son’s bar mitzvah in Paris followed by a family trip to Lake Como.”
Burns: “I changed the oil on my Lexus SUV.”
Drake: “Surfing at Kelly Slater’s Surf Ranch. Day of a lifetime.”
Beggs: “I broke down and bought an Apple Watch. After the demise of at least four Fitbits, I succumbed to the ecosystem. It is very beautiful, although I don’t really know how to use it.”
WHO WOULD YOU WANT TO BE PHOTOGRAPHED WITH ON DAVID GEFFEN’S INSTAGRAM?
Burns: “Reed Hastings and Bob Iger.”
Drake: “My wife and kids on his boat.”
Beggs: “President Obama. He seemseven more remarkable after the absurdity we’ve witnessed in the Oval Office the last three years.”
YOU FIND BOB IGER’S IPHONE. WHICH CONTACT DO YOU CALL?
Feltheimer: Han Solo
Burns: “The direct line to Apple Support.”
Beggs: “Tim Cook. To ask how I can operate my new Apple Watch.”