The Royals – Lionsgate’s regal ambition

E! is best-known for its glossy entertainment programming and awards show coverage, but like many US cable channels has now taken the leap into drama, ordering its first series, The Royals. Shot in London, the show stars Elizabeth Hurley as Queen Helena, the head of a fictional British Royal family. Mark Schwahn (One Tree Hill) […]

Amazon UK snags Mad Men and Lionsgate TV content

Amazon has struck a programming deal with Lionsgate UK for a range of content including Mad Men (left) and Charlie Sheen comedy Anger Management. The exclusive deal means Amazon’s Prime Instant Video customers in the UK can stream the Lionsgate fare, which also includes comedy drama Weeds and country music drama Nashville. The agreement is […]

TV gains hand Lionsgate $2.6bn revenues

Record results for Lionsgate Entertainment’s television production and international businesses helped the US studio to full-year revenues of US$2.63 billion. That figure is down on the US$2.71 billion posted the year before, but this primarily reflected a domestic theatrical slate of 13 releases, compared with 19 the prior year. The studio said those losses were […]

ABC takes up Quest

US broadcast network ABC has called on the producers of The Amazing Race and feature film The Lord of the Rings to help create a fantasy-themed reality adventure series. The Quest will follow 12 contestants that enter the world of ‘Everealm’ – a fantasy-themed set filled with “epic” challenges. Amazing Race creators Bertram van Munster […]

ABC orders full season of Nashville

Country music drama Nashville is the latest US series to receive an order for a full season from ABC. This follows full season orders of Dan Fogelman comedy The Neighbors and freshman drama series Scandal. Nashville is produced and distributed by Lionsgate and is exec produced by The September Issue director RJ Cutler, Callie Khouri […]