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Lionsgate May Change Netflix Deal Terms

By | Tuesday October 5, 2010 @ 9:57am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer touted upstart pay cable channel and broadband service EPIX and implied that the company is open to tweaking its groundbreaking but controversial distribution deal with Netflix. Now 2 1/2 years after it was announced, EPIX (the partnership of Lionsgate, Viacom and MGM) is available in some 30 million homes but has yet to land carriage deals with top cable operators Comcast and Time Warner Cable as well as DirecTV. But during his keynote speech this afternoon at the Mipcom TV market in Cannes, Feltheimer stressed that “EPIX is working” and that “it has achieved one of the fastest accelerations from startup to profitability of any channel in history — profitable after only 10 months of operation”.

He called EPIX’s recent deal with Netflix an example of capitalizing on “our opportunity to layer our traditional partners with new partners,… establish more flexible pricing and ultimately create a win/win scenario for all.” The pact, which allows Netflix to carve out a new window for streaming movies 90 days after they debut on traditional premium pay television, has raised eyebrows among traditional distributors like Time Warner Cable which has said such an agreement makes EPIX less attractive. Feltheimer suggested the length of the window can be negotiated. “There’s nothing sacrosanct about the 90 days,” he said.

During his speech, Feltheimer poked fun at the company’s prolonged ownership battle with Carl Icahn (“Believe it or not, one of my toughest critics is here in the audience … Read More »

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Lionsgate’s Jon Feltheimer Named MIPCOM’s 2010 ‘Personality Of The Year’

By | Wednesday July 28, 2010 @ 8:58am PDT
Mike Fleming

Carl Icahn might not be crazy about Lionsgate co-chairman/CEO Jon Feltheimer and the rest of the indie studio’s management team, but MIPCOM loves him. He’s been named MIPCOM’s 2010 Personality of the Year. Feltheimer was been cited for “his leadership at the helm of Lionsgate and for driving creative productions and developing award-winning TV programs, including Mad Men, which have become global phenomena,” according to a MIPCOM missive. He’ll give a keynote address as part of MIPCOM’s Media Mastermind series of presentations. Feltheimer has been Lionsgate CEO since 2000.

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