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Lions Gate shuttering Codeblack unit, laying off staff

Film company Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. is laying off staff and shuttering Codeblack Films, a unit that makes movies geared toward African-American audiences, Variety reported Jan. 11.

According to the report, all 26 jobs at Codeblack Films will be eliminated. Some of the Lions Gate cuts will come from the New York office, as the company focuses on its Santa Monica, Calif., headquarters.

In a note to staffers posted by The Hollywood Reporter, Lions Gate Motion Picture Group Chairman Joe Drake said the company will be "centralizing" and "realigning" its business units as part of distribution efforts.