Lionsgate appoints Craig Piligian to lead unscripted TV business

Veteran producer Craig Piligian has signed a new long-term agreement with Lionsgate, which will see him become president of the company’s unscripted TV business, while continuing on as CEO of US-based Pilgrim Media Group. The deal will also see Piligian expand his remit to become chair of Pilgrim Media Group. In his new role as […]

Netflix “doubles down” on docusoaps with renewals for ‘Selling Sunset’ & ‘Bling Empire’ & new commissions for their creators

Netflix has renewed LA-based docusoaps Selling Sunset and Bling Empire and ordered two new projects from their respective production companies, with the streamer announcing it is doubling down on the genre. Selling Sunset is produced by Done and Done Productions and Lionsgate and follows LA realtors at The Oppenheim Group as they compete in a […]

Vuulr names Lionsgate alum Thomas Hughes CEO Americas as first US office opens

Online content marketplace Vuulr has hired Lionsgate alum Thomas Hughes as its CEO for the Americas as it opens its first US office in Los Angeles. He will be responsible for building a local team focused on serving Hollywood, as well as all content owners and creators across North and Latin America, and will report […]

‘Little Birds’ flies to Starzplay & more in global deals

Starz-owned streamer Starzplay is among a host of global platforms and broadcasters that have picked up UK-based Warp Films-produced drama Little Birds, following deals with distributor ITV Studios. The international streamer has picked up the six-part drama series in a multi-territory deal for Belgium, Brazil, France, Luxembourg, Spain, French-speaking Switzerland, the Netherlands and Latin America. […]

Netflix, Lionsgate extend LA production pause as Covid spreads

Netflix and Lionsgate have become the latest companies to expand the production pause in LA as the pandemic spreads across California. US studios including CBS, Sony Pictures Television, Warner Bros., Universal TV and Disney’s 20th Television have all paused production over recent weeks as Covid cases spiked across LA. Netflix has now delayed production on […]

Lionsgate’s streamer Pantaya partners with ‘Falco’ prodco Dynamo & Sony for cannabis thriller

Lionsgate-backed Spanish-language streamer Pantaya has linked up with the producer behind Amazon’s Falco for a new thriller that also has Sony Pictures Television (SPT) attached. Cannabica is being produced by Lat Am prodco Dynamo and focuses on three young entrepreneurs working with medicinal cannabis, whose success is built on a lie that an ambitious journalist will stop at […]

Bridging the gap: Solving viewer fatigue with scripted series

Serialised drama has soared in popularity over recent years, but as the number of shows on offer continues to multiply, Nick Edwards asks whether audiences are getting tired of long-term commitment Long-running, immersive TV series have come to define our drama consumption over recent history. First, there were the early pioneering shows such as Hill […]

Lionsgate UK president Nicola Pearcey to step down

Nicola Pearcey, president of UK and European TV and film operations for US-Canadian entertainment company Lionsgate, is to leave at the end of the year “to pursue new opportunities.” Pearcey exits Lionsgate after a 14-year tenure on its UK leadership team, where she was “instrumental” in growing its British TV business, with the launch of […]

Lionsgate signs first-look deal with ‘Mr Mercedes’ producer Temple Hill

US-Canadian entertainment company Lionsgate has signed a multi-year first-look TV deal with US-based Mr Mercedes producer Temple Hill Productions. The deal is an expansion of Lionsgate’s existing relationship with Temple Hill after the two companies worked together on a number of feature films, including the Twilight Saga, Power Rangers, Uncle Drew and Down A Dark Hall. Under the new […]

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