Kevin Beggs

Lionsgate backs Gogglebox pair’s indie

Lionsgate has invested in Primal Media, the new prodco from Mat Steiner and Adam Wood, the execs behind Gogglebox Entertainment. Steiner and Wood left Sony-backed Gogglebox earlier this year, leading to the closure of the prodco. Their biggest success to date has been horror gameshow Release the Hounds, which plays on ITV2 in the UK. They […]

Lionsgate makes UK TV move with Kindle deal

The UK division of independent Hollywood studio Lionsgate has taken an equity stake in indie producer Kindle Entertainment, TBI can reveal. Kindle is the prodco founded by Anne Brogan and Melanie Stokes, and makes kids shows including Hank Zipzer, Dixi (pictured below) and Dinopaws. The Lionsgate deal, financial terms of which were not revealed, gives the studio […]

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 […]

Ex-Core US TV chief lands Lionsgate role

Jennifer O’Connell (pictured) has landed a new alternative programming post at Lionsgate Entertainment, just weeks after she exited Core Media Group. At the US studio, she takes the newly-created role of executive VP, alternative programming, having been head of US television at Core until last month. She will now oversee development and production of Lionsgate’s […]

Regal ambitions

Royalty is in vogue. Ahead of the launch of Lionsgate’s series The Royals, TBI speaks with the studio’s TV boss Kevin Beggs, and looks at the other regal offerings in the market. E! is best known for its glossy entertainment programming and awards show coverage, but like many US cable channels last year took the […]

MIPCOM opens up to film commissioners

Reed Midem has added another new conference strand to the MIPCOM line-up in October. It has created a ‘Film Commissions’ day, which will run all day on the Tuesday of the market. The new series of sessions is designed to highlight how the TV and film worlds are increasingly working in tandem. It will cover […]

The Royals – Lionsgate’s regal ambition

E! is best-known for its glossy entertainment programming and awards show coverage, but like many US cable channels has now taken the leap into drama, ordering its first series, The Royals. Shot in London, the show stars Elizabeth Hurley as Queen Helena, the head of a fictional British Royal family. Mark Schwahn (One Tree Hill) […]

Lionsgate developing Twitter creation drama

Lionsgate Television is adapting a non-fiction book on the birth of social messaging service Twitter into a TV series. The studio has optioned rights to journalist Nick Bilton’s bestseller Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Power, Friendship and Betrayal and has Allison Shearmur (The Hunger Games) attached to executive produce the project. Bilton will write […]

WGN America goes to Manhattan for second original

US station WGN America has ordered its second original drama, a 13-part about the scientists racing to create the first atomic bomb that has The West Wing exec producer Thomas Schlamme attached. Manhattan is written and created by Sam Shaw (Masters of Sex), who will exec produce alongside David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Marcy Ross and […]