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Lionsgate ‘mulling Starz spin-off’ to reduce debt

Lionsgate is mulling spinning off premium cable offering 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 US$4.4 billion in 2016. Others include putting Starz up for […]

Lionsgate promotes Hirsch to president and CEO of Starz

Lionsgate has promoted Jeffrey Hirsch to the president and CEO of Starz, its premium cable and satellite television network and OTT. Starz currently has 24.7 million pay TV subscribers, and more than 4.4 million domestic OTT subscribers.  As CEO, Hirsch will shape the overall business and programming strategy for Starz and oversee the continued evolution […]

Plex expands ad-supported offer with Lionsgate deal

Media library platform Plex has bolstered its upcoming AVOD service by signing a deal with Lionsgate. The announcement follows the signing of a similar deal with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, though the key difference here is that the Lionsgate deal is for worldwide streaming while the Warner content will be limited to the US. […]

Lionsgate strikes movie deal with Hulu, FX

Disney-controlled streamer Hulu and cable channel FX have struck a two-year output deal with Lionsgate for films released in 2020 and 2021. The deal is understood to mark the first time an SVOD and cable channel have partnered on a theatrical output deal. The slate for 2020 includes such films as I Still Believe, a biopic of […]

Starzplay launches as Apple TV channel in multiple territories, sets out ambitious international plan

Lionsgate-owned streaming service Starzplay has launched as an Apple TV channel across Europe and Latin American territories including the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and Colombia. Starzplay will be available as an Apple TV channel in the Apple TV app for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Samsung Smart TV users. The expansion of the Starzplay global […]

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 […]

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