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Starz to debut in Canada as Lionsgate ramps up integration and international expansion

Lionsgate-owned streaming service Starz is ramping up its international expansion effort with a launch in Canada, while Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer has promised closer integration between the studio and Starz to fuel the latter’s international growth, and an eventual breaking out of international subscriber information as a separate line in the company’s financials. Starz has […]

Amazon takeover speculation prompts Lionsgate stock jump

Lionsgate stock has jumped by 7.6% following speculation around a potential takeover by Amazon. The studio’s stock closed at US$24.39 on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday (September 28), up US$1.73, after investor John Kornitzer – the fourth-largest holder of Class A shares in the Orange Is The New Black studio – suggested the door […]

Starz recruits Netflix and Lionsgate execs to top team

Starz, a Lionsgate company, has added Netflix’s Darren Nielson and Lionsgate’s Jeff Cooke to its International Digital Networks team. Nielson will join as senior VP of distribution and business development. Based in the company’s Santa Monica office, he will lead this element of the business for the Starz-branded digital and linear services and channels. Working […]

Starzplay to launch in France, Italy and Spain

Lionsgate-owned subscription video-on-demand service Starzplay has struck agreements to launch branded channels in France, Italy and Spain following its earlier launches in the UK and Germany. Starzplay launched on Amazon Channels in the UK and Germany in May, bringing shows such as Vida and Sweetbitter and popular series such as Boss, Party Down, Survivor’s Remorse and Swedish Dicks to subscribers in those countries. “We’re […]

Katzenberg’s NewTV secures funding from big name backers

Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman’s NewTV venture has closed an initial funding round that saw it raise US$1 billion from major studios, Liberty Global and Chinese technology group Alibaba among others. Katzenberg and Whitman’s WndrCo secured funding from Disney, Entertainment One, Fox, ITV, Lionsgate, MGM, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Viacom, and Warner Media, in addition […]

SVOD service Stan secures Lionsgate and Starz programming

Australian streamer Stan and Lionsgate have a new licensing agreement that will bring a robust slate of upcoming Starz original series and hundreds of hours of additional Lionsgate and Starz premium programming to the service. With the move, Stan becomes the Australian home of Starz Originals. The agreement marks the latest step in the continued […]

Starzplay launches on Amazon Channels in UK and Germany

Amazon is set to add Starzplay, from US TV Network and Lionsgate Company Starz, in the UK and Germany. European viewers will now have the opportunity to view exclusive Starz series in one place, including new Starz originals also launching today in the US. Viewers can now get a hold of new shows Vida and Sweetbitter and popular series […]

Lionsgate: broadcast still ‘most lucrative’ for drama despite streaming explosion

Broadcast will remain a highly relevant platform for scripted drama, with some types of show better-suited to the syndication model than sales to streaming platforms, according to Kevin Beggs, chairman of independent producer Lionsgate. Speaking at the opening of the NAB Show in Las Vegas on Monday, Beggs said that the choice of distribution platform […]

Amazon teams up with Liberty Global for new drama

Amazon Prime Video has boarded a first high-end drama from All3Media, which is producing for its backer, cable giant Liberty Global. The Feed will go out in the US, Canada and Latin America as an Amazon exclusive with Liberty-owned Virgin Media airing it in the UK as its debut scripted original. Other Liberty cable services will […]

Lionsgate ‘very interested in merger’

US studio Lionsgate is “very interested” in a merger deal and is talking to various potential partners, according to vice chairman Michael Burns. Talking to CNBC, he said: “We’re very interested in the consolidation space. Obviously that’s something very important to us.” While declining to address a specific deal, Burns (pictured) said discussions over a […]

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