Starzplay ties with Egypt’s VOD Watch It

Starzplay has struck a multi-year partnership with the Egyptian VOD Watch It, as the streamer expands into the Arabic market. The deal sees 12,000 episodes and over 200 Arabic films added to the Starzplay library, with Watch It subscribers having access to Starzplay entertainment catalogue that include first-run Hollywood shows and movie first-run Hollywood shows and […]

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 […]

Starzplay to invest in Arabic content for younger audience

Dubai-based Starzplay is on the lookout for Arabic scripted shows skewing towards a younger adult demographic as it pushes into original content. Starzplay co-founder and CEO Maaz Sheikh said that that the MENA streamer is particularly looking to appeal to the “17 to 35-year-old segment”, speaking to DTVE sister title TBI at the Media & […]

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, […]

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.  […]

Starzplay launches dedicated sports streaming product for MENA market

Lionsgate-owned Starzplay has announced an ambitious plan to disrupt sports streaming in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) with the launch of a new service. Starzplay Sports, officially unveiled today, will heavily lean on the recently acquired rights to Serie A football to offer a range of sports coverage across two newly-launched channels: AD […]

Abu Dhabi Media and Starzplay pick up Serie A; ESPN renews EFL deal

Abu Dhabi Media and Starzplay have confirmed that they have acquired the MENA rights to Italy’s Serie A.  ADM previously said that it had picked up the rights last month, in a deal worth a reported minimum total of €75 million.  Starzplay will exclusively stream Serie A, along with Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana for […]

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