Jon Feltheimer

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% […]

Lionsgate names new TV chief

Lionsgate Entertainment has promoted long-time television COO Sandra Stern to president of the division. The film and TV firm firm has placed Stern closer to Lionsgate TV Group chairman Kevin Beggs with the promotion, though he remains on top of the division. She oversees all business, legal, administrative, strategy and operational aspects, plus transactions, strategy […]

Feltheimer to join Televisa board

Lionsgate Entertainment CEO Jon Feltheimer has been nominated to joint the board of Mexican broadcast giant Grupo Televisa. This comes after a shareholder meeting on April 29, and means Feltheimer joins other such as Televisa CEO, president and chairman Emilio Azcárraga Jean and television content chief José Antonio Bastón Patiño on the board. “As chief […]

Endemol Beyond hires ex-Participant exec as COO

Adrian Sexton has joined Endemol Beyond USA as chief operating officer. The former Participant Media and Lionsgate Entertainment exec is joining the Endemol Shine Group business’s LA office. He was formerly cable channels operator Participant’s executive VP of digital. At Endemol Beyond USA, he will oversee strategic partnerships and investments, business development, sales and distribution […]

Lionsgate, Hunan in major financing pact

Hollywood studio Lionsgate will explore the international potential of Chinese TV series from broadcaster Hunan TV after the pair agreed a US$375 million film financing pact. Lionsgate will work with Hunan and its cable subsidiary, Hunan CATV Network Group Co, which has 15 million subscribers, “to explore opportunities for Hunan series outside China”. This is […]

Schwartz upped as Wisnia exits CBS-Lionsgate net

Brad Schwartz has been named president of US cable channel Pop, with business development chief David Wisnia exiting in the reshuffle. The news comes less than two years after Schwartz joined the CBS- and Lionsgate-owned network to become president of entertainment and media. That hire was made as Wisnia was named president, business operations of […]

TV production booms at Lionsgate

TV production revenues at US studio Lionsgate nearly doubled year-on-year in its latest financial quarter. Production of shows such as Mad Men, Manhattan and Orange is the New Black brought in US$161.2 million for the three months to December 31, 2014, up from US$82.3 million in the same quarter the year before. The studio produced […]

TV Guide Network rebranding as Pop next year

CBS Corp. and Lionsgate Entertainment network TV Guide Network is rebranding. The US cable net will become Pop next year, a network dedicated to “celebrating the fun of being a fan”. Launching in the first quarter of next year, Pop will have a line-up of more than 400 hours of “fan-fuelled” original programming, including the […]

UK hails Lionsgate’s London sales move

The British government has hailed a move that will see US studio Lionsgate relocate its international sales headquarters from Santa Monica to London. Several key executives including motion picture group executive VPs Wendy Reeds and Crystal Bourbeau are making the move to the English capital, with several more execs being recruited for the new base. […]

Lionsgate, e-commerce giant create China streaming service

US media group Lionsgate has linked with Chinese e-commerce behemoth Alibaba Group to launch a subscription streaming service. Lionsgate Entertainment World (LGEW) will be an SVOD service for the lucrative mainland China market available through Alibaba’s latest generation set-top boxes. Lionsgate and Alibaba will jointly operate LGEW, which will offer Lionsgate shows such as upcoming […]