Amazon UK nabs first-window streaming rights to Lionsgate films

Amazon is set to be the first-window streaming home for Lionsgate films in the UK, beginning in January. The platform has struck an output deal with the studio that covers recently released and forthcoming theatrical feature films. The multi-year deal begins on 1 January 2020 and will allow Prime members access to films such as […]

ABC boards “Ultimate Surfer” from Lionsgate’s Pilgrim Media

ABC in the US has picked up an eight-part competition series that will attempt to find the world’s best surfer. Ultimate Surfer will gather some of the sport’s best up-and-coming stars to train and live together as they compete in a series of challenges to test their expertise. Each week, one male and one female […]

Starzplay acquires Mindy Kaling’s ‘Four Weddings’ adaptation for UK

Lionsgate-backed SVOD service Starzplay has acquired Mindy Kaling’s adaptation of Four Weddings And A Funeral for Hulu.  The 10-part Hulu original, produced by MGM Television and Universal Television, is to launch in the UK on 12 December. Created by The Mindy Project star and creator Kaling and Matt Warburton, the show stars Game Of Thrones actor Nathalie Emmanuel as a […]

HBO Max pushes deeper into unscripted with Monica Lewinsky doc and ‘The Ho’s’

HBO Max is further expanding its unscripted output with a documentary featuring Monica Lewinsky and a series inspired by Crazy Rich Asians. 15 Minutes of Shame will feature individuals from around the world who have suffered from public-shaming, with insights from those involved, members of the media and psychologists. Lewinsky, who became known round the […]

Why consolidation doesn’t scare Starz

Starz is the jewel in Lionsgate’s crown, garnering interest from several deep-pocketed suitors. Superna Kalle, EVP of international digital networks, tells Manori Ravindran where the business is headed internationally and why it has its blinders on. Lionsgate-backed Starz has been operating in the orbit of a potential takeover for some time. CBS was believed to […]

Lionsgate mulls spinning off Starz to reduce debt load

Lionsgate is mulling spinning off cable channel Starz into a separate company as it looks to reduce its debt load.  According to The Wall Street Journal, a spin-off is among a number of options the studio is considering for the Outlander and American Gods channel, which it purchased for $4.4bn in 2016. Others include putting […]

Avalon hires Lionsgate’s Laura Kennedy as CEO

Avalon Group has hired Lionsgate Television’s chief operating officer Laura Kennedy as CEO. Avalon founders Jon Thoday and Richard Allen-Turner will become co-executive chairmen of the company following her appointment, which marks a return to the producer for Kennedy after a 12 year spell at Lionsgate. She is based out of the company’s Los Angeles […]

Lionsgate promotes Jeffrey Hirsch to become Starz CEO

Lionsgate-backed US cabler Starz has handed its chief operating officer Jeffrey Hirsch a new long-term deal and named him CEO at the network. Hirsch had been in charge of Starz since March, after former boss Chris Albrecht revealed he was stepping down from the CEO role after almost a decade with the company. Starz, which […]

Tubi TV to launch in Australia ahead of global push

Lionsgate Entertainment and Metro Goldwyn Mayer-backed AVOD streamer Tubi is expanding into Australia as part of a forthcoming global roll-out. The free ad-supported streaming service claims to be the world’s largest AVOD, having surpassed 20 million monthly users earlier this summer. The Australian service launches on September 1 and will provide customers with access to […]

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 […]

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