Jon Feltheimer


Lionsgate reports loss amid steady growth for Starz

Lionsgate has revealed less than satisfying year-end results, reporting a net loss of $284m for the fiscal year ended 31 March despite the steady growth of Starz.  The studio reported full-year revenues of $3.68bn and an operating income of $130m – down from $4.13bn in revenues and $248m in operating income for the period last […]

Lionsgate & Hemisphere launch Spanish OTT offer

Lionsgate and Hemisphere Media Group have launched Pantaya, a Spanish-language OTT service dedicated to premium content for the Hispanic community in the US. The SVOD service is set to feature a diverse selection of Spanish-language content, including films from Latin America and Hollywood, documentaries, concerts and other original premium content. It will be available on […]

Discovery, Lionsgate get closer, team for drama

Discovery is pushing further into drama with The Suck, a ten-part Vietnam war series being produced by Lionsgate. The deal comes after Discovery and Liberty invested in the US independent studio, and as Lionsgate boss Jon Feltheimer told investors the company is growing its strategic relationship with Discovery. The Suck will go out on Discovery […]

Lionsgate hires former ITV drama chief

The UK division of Lionsgate has hired former ITV drama boss Steve November to head its British scripted TV efforts. November was with UK broadcaster ITV for 16 years, exiting earlier this year amid a raft of changes as Kevin Lygo became director of television. The US studio has been ramping up its UK efforts, […]

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 […]

Lionsgate, Univision create SVOD platform

US studio Lionsgate and Hispanic American broadcaster Univision have pooled resources to create a movie-centric subscription-on-demand service. The currently unnamed service will be aimed at Hispanic US consumers when it launches early next year. The partners say it will have “a deep line-up of titles”, including Spanish-language box office movies from across the world, and […]

Lionsgate can ‘dramatically scale’ drama with Starz

Lionsgate chairman and CEO Jon Feltheimer has said the US$4.4 billion acquisition of premium cable channel Starz is “the most transformative transaction in [the studio’s] history”. Furthermore, the merger will provide Lionsgate a “unique opportunity to dramatically scale” production of “premium television production, which we believe is the critical success factor for any content-driven company”, […]

Lionsgate buys $4.4bn Starz

Lionsgate has acquired premium cable net Starz for US$4.4 billion. The deal had long been mooted with Starz CEO Chris Albrecht (left) telling TBI late last year that consolidation made sense in the current market. The Starz boss renewed his contract at the firm this week until 2020. The deal sees Hollywood’s largest independent studio […]

Lionsgate, Kevin Hart launch VOD platform

Comedian Kevin Hart is getting his own video-on-demand service after going into business with US studio Lionsgate Entertainment. Hart’s firm, Hartbeat Digital, and Lionsgate have co-created VOD platform Laugh Out Loud, which will showcase content from stand-ups and social media creators such that Hart has curated, plus all of his original productions outside of his […]

Lionsgate buys stake in Wicked Tuna indie

Lionsgate Entertainment is buying into Wicked Tuna producer Pilgrim Studios. The “strategic investment” means Pilgrim now has financial backing from the Hunger Games and Mad Men studio, which this week welcomed Liberty Global and Discovery Communications as shareholders. The deal is thought to be worth US$200 million and believed to hand Lionsgate more than 50% […]