This deal does not interfere with Lionsgate’s commitment to Epix, where the company is a founding partner. It gives Starz first pay library window on Lionsgate movies after Epix.
Santa Monica, Calif. and Englewood, Colo. – February 2, 2012 – Lionsgate® (NYSE: LGF), a leading diversified global entertainment company, and Starz Entertainment, LLC, a leading premium pay TV company operating 17 premium movie channels in the United States, today announced a new multiyear film licensing agreement that will bring more than 500 Lionsgate movies to the Starz Entertainment premium channels and services.
The comprehensive new agreement is Lionsgate’s first long-term library deal with Starz Entertainment and will provide a significant supply of quality movie programming across all platforms for the STARZ, ENCORE, and MOVIEPLEX premium channels, in addition to the related HD, On Demand, HD On Demand, and online advanced services.
The 500+ movies include dozens of recent Lionsgate releases, with many airing for the first time on the Starz Entertainment premium channels and services.
Recent Lionsgate theatrical releases in the library agreement include The Expendables, The Last Exorcism, Conan The Barbarian, Abduction, From Prada to Nada, Margin Call, Red State, Precious, Rambo, Alpha & Omega, From Paris with Love, The Good Guy, Rabbit Hole, 3:10 To Yuma, and more.
Many movies from the popular “Tyler Perry” movie franchise are included, as well as films from the classic “Saw” franchise, with scores of other popular horror titles from the deep Lionsgate film library. Other popular titles licensed include, Crash, The Punisher, Punisher: War Zone, Monster’s Ball, The Blair Witch Project, Reservoir Dogs, Dirty Dancing, The Jazz Singer, and Meatballs.
Jim Packer, Lionsgate President of Worldwide Television and Digital Distribution, said, “This is another significant step in the ongoing monetization of our 13,000-title filmed entertainment library, and we’re delighted to extend and expand our productive longterm relationship with Starz, with whom we most recently partnered on the television series Boss. Lionsgate remains committed to tapping traditional and digital buyers alike as we explore ways to unlock the value of our vast filmed entertainment library asset.”
“Starz Entertainment offers its subscribers a quality combination of both original programming and theatrical films. We are always striving to secure a long-term pipeline of quality library content to complement our first-run output film programming from Disney and Sony. This agreement – with a terrific partner in Lionsgate – helps us meet those long-term programming goals,” said Stephan Shelanski, EVP, Programming, for Starz Entertainment.