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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 […]

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. […]