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. […]

StarzPlay teams with The Immigrant for Spanish-language dramedy

Lionsgate-owned streamer StarzPlay has commissioned dramedy series Yellow (working title), its first Spanish language project. The 6 x 30-minute series will be produced and filmed in Mexico by Fremantle and Bron-backed prodco The Immigrant, with creators Sofia Auza and Silvana Aguirre attached as showrunners and executive producers, alongside Camila Jimenez. The show, which has already […]

Exclusive: Starzplay eyes ‘risky projects’ & thrillers aimed firmly at adult viewers

Starzplay in Spain is looking for “risky projects” that are firmly targeted at adults, with new takes on thrillers a particulars focus. Mireia Acosta, the streamer’s exec for development & production, is here at Conecta Fiction to look for shows that will expand Starzplay’s reach but she admitted that the SVOD is not looking to […]

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 […]

Starzplay takes European rights to France Télévisions drama ‘Ouija’

Starzplay has joined France Télévisions and Fremantle’s French-language drama Ouija. The supernatural coming-of-age story is from Thomas Bourguignon and Jörg Winger, with filming recently starting in Nice, France, and its surrounding area, Gorges du Verdon. Starzplay has taken first run rights in Germany and German-speaking Europe including Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg, Spain and the Nordics, with second-run distribution […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: What the Nordics tell us about streaming’s future

The Nordics have always tended to be at the forefront of global streaming trends, neatly reflected by the 55 SVODs operating in the region at the end of 2021. Tony Gunnarsson, principal analyst at research powerhouse and TBI sibling Omdia, reflects on the past decade and picks out key trends for the future. In the […]

Starzplay expands Brazilian reach with Globoplay deal

Lionsgate-owned streamer Starzplay is to become available in Brazil via a partnership with Globoplay. Subscribers will be able to watch all Starzplay content, with originals including the Julia Roberts and Sean Penn-starring Gaslit. Upcoming titles range from Shining Veil to Señorita 89. The partnership will see Globoplay offer access to Starzplay directly through its platform with a subscription […]

Starzplay acquires ‘Queer As Folk’ reboot for Europe, UK & Lat Am

Starzplay has acquired Peacock’s Queer As Folk reboot for its service in Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Latin America, Luxembourg, Spain, Netherlands, the Nordics and the UK. The series, which is distributed by NBCUniversal Global Distribution will premiere on the streaming service in the UK on 1 July and roll out in the other territories on […]

Starzplay Arabia acquired by pay-TV operator E-Vision & ADQ in $420m deal

The owner of Middle East pay-TV operator E-Vision and Abu Dhabi-based investment group ADQ is to acquire a majority stake in MENA streamer Starzplay Arabia. A consortium, led by E-Visions telecoms parent e& (fka Etisalat Group), has struck a binding agreement to take a 57% stake in the SVOD, with the deal valuing the company […]

StarzPlay to adapt graphic novel ‘Night In Paradise’ as first German original

Lionsgate-owned streamer StarzPlay has ordered an adaptation of Frank Schmolke’s graphic novel Night In Paradise as its first-ever German language original. The 6 x 45-minute series also marks the first commission for ITV Studios-owned Windlight Studios, which was founded last year by Das Boot executive producer Moritz Polter, with the show being co-produced by Heinrich Ambrosch’s […]

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