Hasbro ‘ends Lionsgate takeover talks’

Toy giant Hasbro was recently in talks to buy North American studio Lionsgate but has now ended the discussions, according to US reports. A Reuters story quoted unnamed sources saying the deal had fallen flat last week over price disagreements. Hasbro’s strategy for a deal was to improve its position in Hollywood, and create a pipeline […]

Lionsgate launches Spanish OTT service Pantaya

Lionsgate and Hemisphere Media Group have launched Pantaya, a Spanish-language OTT service dedicated to premium content for the Hispanic community in the US. The SVOD service is set to feature a diverse selection of Spanish-language content, including films from Latin America and Hollywood, documentaries, concerts and other original premium content. It will be available on […]

Major content firms pact for anti-piracy coalition

The Hollywood studios, leading SVOD services and key networks around the world have formed a global anti-piracy coalition. In total, 30 companies have come together to create the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) to combat illegal video and content downloads. These include Amazon, BBC Worldwide, CBS Corp., NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Television, Twentieth […]

Amazon India strikes exclusive deal with Lionsgate

Amazon India has secured a raft of exclusive TV and movie content after inking a programming deal with Lionsgate. The streaming service will features from get the independent US studio including La La Land and series including Nashville for its Prime SVOD service. Other titles that will come to Prime as part of the deal include the […]

Discovery pushes into drama in Lionsgate partnership

Discovery is pushing further into drama with The Suck, a ten-part Vietnam war series being produced by Lionsgate. The deal comes after Discovery and Liberty invested in the US independent studio, and as Lionsgate boss Jon Feltheimer told investors the company is growing its strategic relationship with Discovery. The Suck will go out on Discovery in 2018. […]

Starz COO agrees new contract following Lionsgate deal

Starz has agreed a new long-term contract with its COO, Jeffrey Hirsch. The deal will see Hirsch remaining with Lionsgate-owned Starz until at least December 2020. He joined the US-based premium cable business in 2015 from Time Warner Cable, and has gone on to rebrand the Starz network, reposition the Starz Encore channels, and launch […]

Malone on Starz: international expansion and distribution partnerships will be key

Lionsgate’s acquisition of Starz creates a new opportunity to strengthen the business, expand internationally to compete with global premium players like Netflix and to develop a business model based on closer integration with distribution platforms such as Liberty Global, according to Liberty Global chairman John Malone, who held the majority stake in Starz. Speaking on […]

Lionsgate closes US$4.4 billion deal for Starz

Shareholders have overwhelmingly approved US studio Lionsgate’s takeover of Starz, meaning the deal is now closed. Lionsgate shareholders were 98% in favour of the deal, and Starz shareholders 95% in favour. Starz, as a Lionsgate subsidiary, will no longer have a separate Nasdaq listing. Lionsgate said the deal “creates a vertically integrated global content platform […]

Liberty to make ‘selective’ content investments

Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries has said that the company will be “selective” about content investments, but hinted work is now underway with Lionsgate on a string of shows. Speaking on Liberty Global’s third quarter earnings call, Fries said that Liberty has “four or five great ideas cooking with Lionsgate”, after it took a 3.4% […]

Liberty Global to increase online content focus

Liberty Global will look to increasingly focus its content spend online, according to company CEO Mike Fries. Speaking at Goldman Sachs’ 25th Annual Communacopia Conference in New York yesterday, Fries said that currently Liberty spends some US$2 billion per year on content, most of which is currently “spent on channels like Discovery”. “An increasing amount of that […]