Los Angeles Times

The once fast-rising studio behind 'Hunger Games' is looking to rebound after a string of box office flops

Joe Drake, the chairman of Lionsgate's motion picture group, stepped onto the Colosseum stage at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas to pitch theater owners on what he called "our reimagined studio." Displayed on the screen behind Drake was the company's logo and a new slogan - "A home for artists to thrive."

Drake's message at CinemaCon, the annual gathering of exhibitors and studio bosses, was meant to signal a new era for the Santa Monica studio, which has struggled at the box office the last couple years because of a lack of hit films.

"It clearly defines our responsibility to our studio, to our filmmakers and our partnerships," Drake said two weeks ago.

But the rallying cry seemed discordant with what many see as a troubling reality for the 22-year-old company that was once the fastest rising star in the movie business and known for such franchises

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