Lionsgate results: booming library revenues offset streaming challenges

US media firm Lionsgate, which is active across content creation and streaming, has reported robust revenues for the quarter ending December 31 2022 (fiscal Q3, 2023). All told, revenues came in at $1bn, with library revenues hitting a record $845m. The only real blip was an $80m restructuring charge connected to the company’s media networks […]

Lionsgate+ joins Samsung-backed platforms in UK, Ireland and LatAm

Streaming service Lionsgate+ is now available on Samsung Smart TVs, smart monitors, projectors and other Tizen OS-powered devices following a new partnership agreement spanning the UK, Ireland and major Latin American markets. Commenting, Darren Nielson, EVP, international networks for Starz, said: “We are continuing to build on Lionsgate+’s presence across Latin America, the UK and Ireland […]

Lionsgate chooses Ateliere Connect to help manage content library

Lionsgate has selected Ateliere Creative Technologies’ cloud-native Ateliere Connect platform to help manage and distribute its 17,000-plus film and TV title library, which includes brands and franchises such as John Wick, The Hunger Games and Mad Men. Ateliere Connect will enable Lionsgate to increase the speed of onboarding content to its library and navigate the […]

Darren Nielson replaces Superna Kalle as Starz international chief

Darren Nielson has been promoted to EVP, international networks at Starz, taking over from Superna Kalle. Reporting directly to Starz president and CEO Jeffrey Hirsch, Nielson will oversee all aspect of international streaming service LIonsgate+ including P&L responsibility, programming, distribution, marketing and publicity. Since joining the company in 2018, Nielson has been leading international distribution […]

Starz hires Netflix’s Hilburn as marketing chief

US pay TV programmer and streamer Starz has refreshed its domestic leadership team with two key hires and a promotion. joins as chief marketing officer, and Susan Ievoli joins as SVP, publicity, events and awards, reporting to Hilburn. Robin Chacko has meanwhile been promoted to EVP, direct-to-consumer from SVP, OTT marketing. Chacko will continue to […]

Lionsgate offers Starz streamer discounts as stock ownership perk

Media giant Lionsgate is partnering with Tiicker, a consumer shareholder loyalty platform, to launch a “Shareholder Red Carpet Rewards” programme that it hopes will boost shareholder engagement with the studio’s film and television brands & franchises. At the same time, the alliance may have the added bonus of bumping up subscriptions to its streaming platform […]

Lionsgate reports US$1.75bn loss, scales back Lionsgate+ internationally

US media company Lionsgate has reported second quarter (quarter ended September 30, 2022) revenues of $875.2 million and an operating loss of US$1.75 billion. In response to the challenging economic and competitive environment it faces, the company said it has decided to pull streamer Lionsgate+ (formerly Starzplay International) from seven territories: France, Germany, Italy, Spain, […]

SVOD streamer Lionsgate+ rolls out across Sky platforms in Europe

Starz-owned streaming platform Lionsgate+ is launching on Sky Glass, Sky Stream and Sky Q in the UK, effective immediately. Later this year, the app will also make its debut on Sky Q and Sky Glass in Italy and Sky Q in Germany. Customers in the UK, Ireland, Germany and Italy will be able to subscribe, […]

Lionsgate distribution chief talks FAST, ad-funded streaming at MIPCOM

As the world’s TV industry gathered in Cannes for MIPCOM 2022, Lionsgate’s president of worldwide TV distribution Jim Packer used the event to raise a potential challenge for SVODs like Netflix plotting a move into advertiser-funded streaming. Speaking during a conference session entitled The New Rights Picture: What Does Exclusivity Mean Now for Content Owners?, […]

STARZPLAY rebrands as LIONSGATE+ in 35 markets

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 September 29, 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.  […]

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