Starz streamer StarzPlay rebrands as Lionsgate+

Lionsgate-owned Starz has announced a full rebrand of streamer StarzPlay to Lionsgate+. The streamer will roll out its new identity in 35 countries on 29 September, excluding the US and Canada where it will remain as Starz. Brand names for StarzPlay Arabia, along with south and southeast Asia’s Lionsgate Play will also remain in place. […]

News round-up: NBCU’s Hayu expands across CEE; Stan links with Lionsgate; Media Ranch deals

NBCU’s Hayu expands across CEE NBCUniversal (NBCU) is to roll its reality-focused streaming service Hayu into multiple Central and Eastern European countries in Q4. The service will offer over 300 shows and 9,000 episodes of reality TV content including The Real Housewives, Below Deck and Million Dollar Listing franchises. Home and design, dating, cooking, crime and fashion […]

‘John Wick’ prequel ‘The Continental’ moves from Starz to Peacock

NBCUniversal-owned US streamer Peacock and Lionsgate have inked a multi-year deal for The Continental, the upcoming prequel series to the John Wick action franchise. The three-part event series will now debut exclusively next year on Peacock, which recently acquired streaming rights to the John Wick movies. It had originally been expected to launch on Lionsgate-owned […]

Canal+ eyes Lionsgate stake for US content push

Canal+ is reportedly looking at taking a minority stake in US studio Lionsgate as part of a ramp-up of efforts to break into the US market and secure a pipeline of content as other US studios seek to retain their rights. Canal+ and owner Vivendi have for some time been in the frame as potential […]

Lionsgate CEO hopes to reveal Starz ‘plan’ by ‘end of the summer’

Lionsgate is hoping to have details of its “plan” for Starz by the end of the summer and is looking to have wrapped up a deal by March next year, according to CEO Jon Feltheimer. Lionsgate revealed in November that it was considering selling or spinning off cablenet and streamer Starz, which is home to dramas such as Outlander […]

TBI Weekly: Are we looking at peak M&A?

Consolidation is as much a part of the global TV business as cliffhanger endings and cocktail catch-ups in Cannes. But as buy-outs continue to dominate headlines, are we rapidly approaching peak M&A? For those in the content business, the year to date has been punctuated by a series of major industry upheavals with eye-watering numbers […]

TelevisaUnivision to buy Spanish-language streamer Pantaya

TelevisaUnivision has struck a deal to buy Pantaya, the Spanish-language streamer launched by Lionsgate and Hemisphere Media Group in 2017. The agreement comes five months since TelevisaUnivision unveiled its OTT service ViX, which it hopes will dominate the Spanish-language streaming ecosystem. Pantaya was created by Lionsgate and Hemisphere four years ago and has ordered an array of originals […]

Lionsgate CEO on Netflix windowing strategy, Starz & embracing agencies

Netflix will “pivot” its business by reviewing its rights models and windowing – as well as cutting exec pay – as it looks to bounce back from a bruising six months, according to Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer. The world’s biggest streamer’s value has plummeted by $200bn so far in 2022, with its share price down […]

TBI Weekly: What lies beyond the SVOD horizon?

Netflix’s plummeting share price has underlined the fragility of an SVOD-only model and already fed through to content cuts – even Meghan Markle and Prince Harry couldn’t avoid the swinging axe as the streamer looks to slash spending. Yet while Netflix gets to grips with “the complexity of advertising”, it’s been clear to many for some time now […]

Roku & Apollo team for minority stake bid on Lionsgate’s Starz

Roku has partnered with private equity firm, and former Endemol Shine co-owner, Apollo Global Management to bid for a minority stake in US pay-TV and streaming service Starz. Lionsgate, which owns Starz, revealed in November that it was considering selling or spinning off the service, which is home to dramas such as Outlander and Power. […]

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