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Iacono exits Lionsgate Int’l, Kapouranis takes over

Lionsgate International television and distribution president Peter Iacono is to depart the company, with Agapy Kapouranis succeeding him. Iacono is to leave the studio to become CEO of TravelCadabra, his own internet travel, entertainment and e-commerce platform   which he says will launch in early 2019 and has secured “up to US$10m in initial funding”. […]

Starz vehicle

Chris Albrecht tells Jesse Whittock about the new look Starz business following its merger with North American studio Lionsgate, about his relationship with cable king John Malone and how OTT is making international business more viable. Chris Albrecht is a proponent of entertainment media consolidation in today’s market, which is why he was a driving […]

Starz sales chief lands Lionsgate spot

US studio Lionsgate is bringing the worldwide sales chief at its premium cable channel, Starz, over to its own distribution team. Gene George (pictured) has been named executive VP of worldwide distribution, reporting to another newly promoted Lionsgate exec, president of international television and digital distribution Peter Iacono. Lionsgate acquired Starz last year in a […]

Lionsgate launches Canada unit, Fremantle ups Di Mondo

Lionsgate has set up a Canadian distribution operation, with Susan Hummel (below left) joining from FremantleMedia to run the new office. FremantleMedia has in turn upped Michela Di Mondo (below right) to fill the role vacated by Hummel. The new Lionsgate operation, which will carry the Anchor Bay moniker, will be based in Toronto, and […]

Amazon lands Lionsgate output for India

Amazon India has secured a raft of exclusive TV and movie content after inking a programming deal with Lionsgate. The streaming service will features from get the independent US studio including La La Land and series including Nashville (pictured) for its Prime SVOD service. Other titles that will come to Prime as part of the […]

Lionsgate hires Jaunt exec as OTT chief

US studio Lionsgate is pushing further into over-the-top distribution with the hire of a senior business executive from VR specialist Jaunt. Julie Uhrman (pictured) has joined to become the first executive VP and general manager of Lionsgate Over-The-Top Ventures. This role will see her spearheading strategy, rollout and growth of Lionsgate’s streaming activities, which currently […]

Ex-Eyeworks, Shine exec joins Lionsgate

Former Eyeworks and Shine International sales exec Ted Bookstaver has joined US studio Lionsgate Television. He will take up the newly-created post of senior VP, alternative programming sales. In the role, he will oversee global sales of Lionsgate’s slate of alternative (unscripted) shows. Lionsgate’s executive VP, alternative programming Jennifer O’Connell, who joined last year after […]

Exec upped as Lionsgate eyes global SVOD deals

Lionsgate Entertainment has promoted Agapy Kapouranis to the post of executive VP, global SVOD. Among her key duties will be assessing whether individual programme sales should be made as global SVOD deals – primarily with Netflix – or on a markey-by-market, case-by-case basis. She will report to Lionsgate executive VP, North American TV and SVOD […]

Hulu scores first exclusive movie with Joshy

Hulu has become the latest US streaming platform to get into the original movies space, by jointly acquiring Starstream’s Joshy with Lionsgate Entertainment. The structure of the deal means Lionsgate will release the film theatrically through specialty film distribution label Lionsgate Premiere in North America before Hulu begins streaming it exclusively. Streaming platforms entry into […]

MGM, Lionsgate buy into free VOD service

US studios Lionsgate Entertainment and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer have taken equity stakes in ad-supported VOD service Tubi TV. The agreement means both studios will now supply movies to the adRise-owned service, which is currently only available in the US but soon hits Canada through a recent deal with Blue Ant Media. Feature films confirmed include Midnight Cowboy, […]