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Quibi greenlights animated black superhero show with 50 Cent onboard

Shortform streamer Quibi has ordered an animated adaptation of graphic novel Trill League, which has rapper and Power actor Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson attached to exec produce. The series, which will also be known as Trill League, satirizes modern American society and follows a group of black superheroes who are tasked with saving the world […]

Lionsgate strikes content deal with Indian telco Bharti Airtel

India’s Bharti Airtel has struck a deal with Lionsgate that will see the US studio’s content, including movies such as La La Land, become available via the telco giant. The partnership will give Airtel customers access to films from streaming service Lionsgate Play, which will be available on the Airtel Xstream app and web platforms. […]

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 […]