Lionsgate inks output deal with Roadshow Films Australia

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Lionsgate Entertainment continues to expand its global distribution network, announcing Thursday that it has reached a long-term output deal with Australia’s Roadshow Films that will see the Vancouver and L.A.-based prodco’s films distributed in the Aussie market.

The deal comes hot off the heels of Tuesday’s revelation that Lionsgate had also reached a multi-year agreement with Aurum Producciones, Alliance’s subsidiary in Spain, to have its titles, and the titles of the recently acquired Summit Entertainment brand distributed locally.

Both deals will see the remaining three movies in the Hunger Games series, as well as the finale of the Twilight series, Breaking Dawn Part 2, distributed in Spain and Australia.

The Roadshow deal marks a continuation of the partnership between the two companies.

“We have successfully partnered with Roadshow in Australia on numerous films in the past, including the highly successful launch of the first film of the blockbuster Hunger Games franchise,” said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairs Patrick Wachsberger and Rob Friedman in a statement.

“This agreement is a natural evolution of our historic partnership that promises significant benefits for both partners for many years to come,” they added.

Indeed, the Australian release of Hunger Games, which Roadshow spearheaded, netted $31 million at the box office, and What To Expect When You’re Expecting and Salmon Fishing In The Yemen also achieved strong performances in the Aussie market.

The Roadshow deal was orchestrated by Wachsberger, Lionsgate international president Helen Lee Kim and Michael Meyer, executive vice president of international business and legal affairs.

It complements but is separate from Summit Entertainment’s ongoing output deal with eOne’s Hopscotch, as the two brands continue to operate independently.

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