Lionsgate, Nielsen Strike Deal For FAST Channel Measurement

The studio is touting the agreement for its MovieSphere channel as an industry first.

Lionsgate Names Brian Weinstein Co-CEO Of 3 Arts Entertainment

The former Bad Robot executive will be senior adviser to the office of the CEO at Lionsgate.

Lionsgate Shrinks Quarterly Losses As TV Business Gets Post-Strikes Bounce

Quarterly losses shrank at Lionsgate and revenues climbed as the company’s television business rebounded from the twin strikes that had shut down production for much of 2023. Revenue at the company behind The Hunger Games and John Wick franchises topped out at $1.12 billion for the three-month period ending in March, up from $1.08 billion in the prior-year quarter.

Lionsgate Signs Long-Term Deal With TV Production Head Gary Goodman

Goodman is in charge of production of Lionsgate’s scripted series and its TV production facilities in Yonkers, N.Y.; Atlanta; and one that is about to open in Newark, N.J.

Lionsgate, Screaming Eagle Clear SEC Hurdle For SPAC-Style Merger To Launch Standalone Studio

The financial securities regulator has approved a registration statement for a proposed business combination to close and Lionsgate Studios in early May to start trading as a separate company on NASDAQ.

Amazon And Lionsgate Strike UK Content Deal

The partnership will see a wealth of Lionsgate and Starz content featured on Amazon streamer MGM+ including Outlander, Power Book and The Serpent Queen. It is the third instalment in a series of content deals that MGM+ has closed recently with Lionsgate for Europe and Latin America.

Lionsgate Says Studio To Start Split From Starz In April

Lionsgate Vice Chair Michael Burns said the company is set to split in two by year end with a first step in early April as the studio merges with a SPAC and starts to trade separately from Starz on the Nasdaq under the stock symbol LION. For tax reasons, the parent company will retain 87% of the studio stock at first, along with all of Starz, and the plan is fully separate the studio from Starz by the end of 2024, he told investors at Tuesday’s Morgan Stanley media conference.

Lionsgate Launches Alternative TV Division Headed By Craig Piligian

Lionsgate Alternative Television will encompass the studio’s unscripted TV brands like Pilgrim Media Group, Blackfin, Renegade, Daisybeck Studios and more recently Entertainment One after the acquisition of key film and TV assets from Hasbro.

Lionsgate Closes Acquisition Of eOne From Hasbro

The transaction announced in August adds 6,500 film and television titles to Lionsgate’s large library; diversifies and strengthens its scripted and unscripted television businesses; extends its portfolio of brands and franchises; and expands its presence in Canada and the U.K. The deal is for $375 million in cash plus the assumption of some production financing loans.

Entertainment One Cuts 10% Of Workforce Ahead Of Lionsgate Merger

The latest cost-cutting at the studio comes ahead of a $500 million deal for the Hasbro film and TV unit to be sold to the Hollywood studio and completed by the last week of December.

Lionsgate Suspends Advertising On X

Lionsgate Entertainment has suspended advertising on Elon Musk-owned X, a spokesperson for the company said on Friday. Apple is also pausing all advertising on X, Axios reported, after Musk backed an antisemitic post on the social media platform earlier this week.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Starz Adds 200K DTC Streaming Customers

Starz, the premium cable network and streaming provider set for separation from Lionsgate’s balance sheet early next year, added 200,000 domestic OTT subscribers from July through September, according to the parent company’s fiscal Q2 report.

Jonathan Katz, Warner Bros. Discovery, Lionsgate, Gray Television Creating New Diginets & FAST Channels

The new company, Free TV Networks, targets value-conscious consumers with a portfolio of national ad-supported over-the-air and FAST channels. Two new diginets will launch in 80% of the U.S. on New Year’s Day

Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer’s Pay Rises To $21.5M

The studio boss’s total compensation jumped from $5.6 million in fiscal 2022, according to the company’s 2023 proxy filing.

Lionsgate Partners With Ebony Media Group To Launch Ebony TV

With access to Lionsgate’s expansive library of titles, the FAST channel will be available on Samsung TV Plus starting on Oct. 11. By the end of the month, Ebony TV will become available on The Roku Channel, Tubi and Amazon Freevee.

Former Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s Fund Acquires Big Stake In Lionsgate

Lionsgate Ups Adam Frank, Jill Anderson To Lead Transactional Home Entertainment

‘The Conners’: Lionsgate & Debmar-Mercury To Distribute ABC Sitcom In Deal With Werner Entertainment

Tom Werner’s Werner Entertainment, the production company behind ABC’s popular comedy series The Conners, has signed a global licensing deal with Lionsgate’s Worldwide Television Distribution Group and Debmar-Mercury to make past seasons of the sitcom available on streaming and in syndication. Under the agreement, Lionsgate’s Worldwide Television Distribution Group will handle global distribution, including SVOD, AVOD, basic cable and FAST rights, while Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury will shepherd domestic syndication for the Roseanne spinoff. The deal covers all five seasons of the series as well as rights to future seasons following ABC’s first window.

‘Family Feud’ Renewed Through 2025-26 By Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury

Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury has renewed hit game show Family Feud through the 2025-26 season, taking the Fremantle-produced show into its landmark 50th year on television. Leading station groups Fox, CBS, Nexstar, Scripps and Tegna have signed multi-year renewals for the nationally syndicated ratings juggernaut, hosted by Steve Harvey.

Lionsgate Licenses Ateliere Creative Technologies Platform to Manage, Distribute Its Catalog

Lionsgate Releases Financial Data As Step Toward Spinning Off Studio

Lionsgate said Thursday it released financial forecasts for its media and studio businesses as it prepares to separate the company by spinning off the studio. “We are committed to separating our media networks and studio business,” CEO Jon Feltheimer said on the company’s second-quarter earnings.

 

Lionsgate Extends Contract For TV Group Chair Kevin Beggs

Lionsgate has formed a new long-term employment deal with Kevin Beggs, the studio’s Television Group chair and chief content integration officer. Terms of the new contract were not disclosed. Beggs and Lionsgate Television Group president Sandra Stern have led LGTV for 20 years, making them together one of the longest-running leadership teams in television. Beggs, a 24-year veteran of the studio, helped the renewals of network shows like Home Economics, Welcome to Flatch and Ghosts. 

Lionsgate Confirms Plan To Separate Studio And Starz

Lionsgate today confirmed today that it remains on track to separate Starz and its studio business despite volatile markets, noting that it’s now focusing on spinning off the studio, instead of the other way around. “As negotiations progress we have increased our focus on the possibility of spinning our studio business, creating a number of financial and strategic benefits. In that regard, we are continuning productive negotiations with prospective strategic and financial partners on both sides of our business,” the company said in an SEC filing Wednesday. It said it remains on a path to complete a transaction despite “volatile market conditions.”

Lionsgate Extends CEO Jon Feltheimer’s Contract To Summer 2025

Lionsgate has extended CEO Jon Feltheimer’s contract for another year, which will now take him through Aug. 21, 2025. Feltheimer last signed a contract in 2020, which would have him at the studio through 2024. Lionsgate has now added another year to his employment.

Starz Could Turn Into An ‘Acquisition Machine’ After Lionsgate Spins It Off

Tubi Sets Exclusive Multi-Year Deal With Lionsgate For 30 Films

Fox’s free ad-supported streaming service Tubi has inked a deal with Lionsgate to exclusively house 30 new upcoming feature films, as well as add more than 200 popular titles to its on-demand library.

Lionsgate: Starz Should Be Spun Off By End Of Summer

Lionsgate confirmed Thursday that it is looking to spin off Starz and said it should have a deal in place by the end of the summer, with closure occurring by the end of this year. “We are engaged in a robust and productive process with our bankers and a number of potential strategic and financial partners,” Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer told equity analysts during Lionsgate’s fiscal 4Q earnings call. Roku, Apollo Global, Canal Plus and DirecTV are all bidders.

Roku Gets Exclusive Rights To Stream Lionsgate Feature Films

Roku has signed a multiyear theatrical output deal with Lionsgate, enabling the connected TV provider to exclusively stream Lionsgate’s theatrically released films. Lionsgate movies will be available on the Roku Channel after they initially premiere on Starz, the studio’s subsidiary network.

Lionsgate Exploring Starz Sale Or Spinoff

Lionsgate says it’s exploring options for Starz is news that is sure to heat up the M&A rumor mill. The company made the announcement in an SEC filing as it reported quarterly earnings Thursday.

Bob Greenblatt Returns To Producing With Lionsgate First-Look TV Deal

The former entertainment chairman at WarnerMedia and NBC has launched a production company, The Green Room, and signed a first-look TV deal with Lionsgate Television. Under the deal, Greenblatt will develop and produce premium projects for the studio via The Green Room. The former Showtime boss has also enlisted Jon Wu to serve as head of filmed content for The Green Room.

Lowerre To Head Lionsgate Domestic TV, Digital

Ryan Lowerre has joined Lionsgate as president of domestic television and digital distribution, the company announced today. The former Amazon Prime exec’s appointment completes the reconfiguration of the company’s Worldwide Television and Digital Distribution Operations across streaming, broadcast and cable platforms.

Lionsgate Ups Kate Nexon, Chase Brisbin Amid TV Distribution Reorg

Lionsgate is reconfiguring its worldwide television distribution operations and promoting two executives as it looks to capitalize on the demand for premium content in an ever-competitive market, with more personnel announcements expected in the weeks to come. Kate Nexon (l) is now EVP of domestic TV and digital distribution, and Chase Brisbin is in charge of expanding the studio’s content business with new international platforms.

Craig Piligian To Head Unscripted At Lionsgate

Pilgrim Media Group’s Craig Piligian has re-upped his deal with Lionsgate, expanding his purview to oversee the studio’s unscripted division. Piligian will continue as CEO of Pilgrim Media Group. Under the new deal, he also has also been elevated to chair of Pilgrim Media Group.

Lionsgate Vice Chairman Michael Burns Extends Contract Through 2023

Lionsgate, Starz Production ‘Ramping Up Very, Very Quickly’ In Wake Of Pandemic

Lionsgate Nominates Former FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn To Board Of Directors

Oprah, Lionsgate To Adapt ‘1619 Project’

Oprah Winfrey and Lionsgate are partnering with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones to adapt the The New York Times’ recent project examining the legacy of slavery for film and television. […]

Lionsgate Eyes Spinning Off Starz

The studio is looking to unlock hidden value in the premium cable channel as it expands in the streaming space with popular shows like Power and Outlander.

John Malone Unloads Remaining Lionsgate Stock

According to an SEC filing, the billionaire investor no longer “beneficially” owns class A shares in the Hollywood studio.

Starz Ups Jeffrey Hirsch To CEO

Lionsgate has promoted Starz COO Jeffrey Hirsch to president and CEO of the premium network, inking a new long-term contract. He had been named chief operating officer in 2016 and has been running the network since the March exit of former Starz CEO Chris Albrecht.