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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 […]

M&A chatter continues with Amazon and Lionsgate rumours

Lionsgate has emerged as the latest major entertainment group set for consolidation, with Amazon among those linked with a takeover. According to US media outlets, a CBS-Viacom combination and telco Verizon are also interested in Lionsgate, which itself acquired premium cable network for US$4.4 billion in one of 2017’s biggest media deals. The CBS-Viacom party is […]

Lionsgate launches Indian office, hires Videocon d2h’s Jain

North American studio Lionsgate has launched an Indian office and hired Rohit Jain, deputy CEO of satcaster Videocon d2h, to lead it. The launch of Lionsgate’s Mumbai base comes on the back of significant revenue growth in India over the past three years, primarily through Hindi-language film Brothers. Jain has been named managing director of […]

Lionsgate taps Vimeo for comedy and movie OTT platforms

Lionsgate has partnered with Vimeo on two over-the-top offerings – comedy service Laugh Out Loud (LOL) and movie streaming service Tribeca Shortlist. Vimeo is powering the two offerings, with LOL using Vimeo’s flexible API and SDK technologies and Tribeca Shortlist using Vimeo’s OTT out-of-the-box solution. “We’re very pleased with the support that Vimeo’s advanced technology has already […]

Starz sales chief lands Lionsgate spot

US studio Lionsgate is bringing the worldwide sales chief at its premium cable channel, Starz, over to its own distribution team. Gene George has been named executive VP of worldwide distribution, reporting to another newly promoted Lionsgate exec, president of international television and digital distribution Peter Iacono. Lionsgate acquired Starz last year in a deal […]