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Lionsgate ups Scott Herbst and Jocelyn Sabo for TV roles

US studio Lionsgate has promoted Scott Herbst and Jocelyn Sabo to new roles overseeing the company’s TV output. Herbst becomes head of scripted development for Lionsgate Television Group while Sabo has been named senior VP of television. Former NBCUniversal International exec Herbst was most recently senior VP of TV production and will now oversee development […]

Lionsgate strikes first-look TV deal with Mary J. Blige

Lionsgate has struck a first-look deal with singer-actor Mary J. Blige and her fledgling Blue Butterfly Productions. The studio has partnered with the Grammy-winning, Oscar-nominated artist to develop and produce TV series under her new banner. Blige – who has had a rich acting career, starring in films such as Netflix’s Mudbound and series The […]

Lionsgate strikes two-year output deal with Hulu, FX

Disney-controlled streamer Hulu and cable channel FX have struck a two-year output deal with Lionsgate for films released in 2020 and 2021. The deal is understood to mark the first time an SVOD and cable channel have partnered on a theatrical output deal. The slate for 2020 includes such films as I Still Believe, a biopic […]

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 picks up int’l distribution rights to Hulu’s ‘Ramy’

Lionsgate has picked up international distribution rights to Hulu comedy series Ramy.  The studio has picked up rights to the A24-produced series, which tells the story of a 20-something, first-generation Egyptian-American on a spiritual journey in his politically-divided New Jersey neighbourhood. The show — which has been renewed for a second series — explores the intersection of […]

BBC Studios, Lionsgate hire former DreamWorks exec to head US partnership

BBC Studios and Lionsgate have appointed former Fox and DreamWorks exec Dan McDermott as the head of scripted TV of its US-focused partnership.  Set up in October 2018, the venture was formed to identify, co-develop and co-fund scripted formats and original IP for the US market. In his newly created role, McDermott will oversee operations […]

Lionsgate’s O’Connell lands at WarnerMedia

Lionsgate’s Jennifer O’Connell has landed at WarnerMedia, where she will serve as EVP of original non-fiction and kids programming for the business’s new streaming service. The appointment comes on the heels of O’Connell’s departure from Lionsgate, where she most recently served as EVP of alternative programming, overseeing a slate that includes Kevin Hart: What the […]

Jennifer O’Connell exits Lionsgate, replaced by Starz exec

Jennifer O’Connell has departed Lionsgate after less than four years. The EVP of alternative programming has exited the business, and is expected to join a streaming platform in a senior unscripted role. O’Connell – who joined Lionsgate after almost three years as head of television at Core Media Group – exits just months after the […]

Exclusive: Global Agency’s ‘Legend’ optioned in US

Lionsgate-affiliated Revenge Body producer Rogue Atlas has optioned Global Agency’s The Legend, billed as a musical game of blackjack.  The business, which has an overall deal with the independent studio, has picked up the format for the US. Founded by Eli Frankel, the firm’s credits include Ceelo Green’s The Good Life for TBS, Deion’s Family Playbook for OWN and Revenge Body with Khloe […]

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