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Steven Rothenberg, president of domestic distribution at Lions Gate, dies at 50

July 22, 2009 | 11:27 am

Steven Rothenberg, president of domestic releasing for Lions Gate, died July 16 of stomach cancer in Burbank. He was 50. 

A 28-year industry veteran, Rothenberg previously worked at Savoy Entertainment and Artisan Entertainment before joining Lions Gate more than 10 years ago. He was in charge of theatrical distribution for all Lions Gate films in the U.S. and Canada and served in a senior executive role as the company grew from a tiny indie to a major player in Hollywood with films including "Crash," "3:10 to Yuma" the "Saw" franchise and the Tyler Perry movies.

Rothenberg was an avid traveler and a lifelong lover of literature. Reporters at the Los Angeles Times who knew him described him as exceedingly generous and honest.

He is survived by his wife, Frances, and their children, Alexandra, Ted and Emma, of Glendale; his mother, Ina Rothenberg, of Boynton Beach, Fla.; and his sister, Stacy Moscoe, of West Hills. 

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to Camp Kesem, a children's camp for families coping with cancer. Donations in his memory can be made at www.campkesem.org.

-- Ben Fritz

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