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Banff ’17: Breaking down the techy future of content

Between voice search, AI and Facebook commissioning scripted content, media leaders assess technology challenges and opportunities on the horizon.

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Lionsgate to open Toronto distribution arm

Susan Hummel, former SVP sales and distribution at FremantleMedia International Canada, has been tapped to lead the new office.


Lionsgate closes Starz transaction

The Canadian-American entertainment studio has acquired the U.S. pay-TV network for US$4.4 billion.

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Lionsgate acquires stake in Primal prodco

The producer-distributor has acquired a stake in UK-based Primal Media, a new company from Gogglebox Entertainment founders Mat Steiner and Adam Wood (pictured).

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Lionsgate to acquire Starz for US$4.4B

The Canadian-American entertainment studio has entered an agreement to buy the U.S. pay-TV network Starz for cash and stock.

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TV up, film down for Lionsgate Q4 results

The California and Vancouver-based company also published its full-year results, posting a 2% dip in overall revenues.

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Lionsgate taps Ted Bookstaver for alt-programming sales team

Lionsgate’s slate of nonfiction programming includes, Monica the Medium on Freeform, Hellevator on GSN and Revenge Body with Khloe Kardashian, debuting on E! in 2017.


Lionsgate launches Globalgate Entertainment

The company has partnered with industry veterans and eight international distributors to remake local-language movies.


Deals: Lionsgate, Proper Rights, eOne, Tricon

Lionsgate partners with Kevin Hart (pictured) on a new OTT service, plus more deals of the week.


In brief: eOne, Sony build Momentum; CFC honours McKellar

Don McKellar (pictured) wins the 2016 CFC Award for Creative Excellence, eOne and Sony Picture Home Entertainment strike up a new deal, and more news from the week.

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Deals: Lionsgate, PNP, 9 Story

Lionsgate inks deal to develop mobile games based on the Now You See Me franchise, Black Fawn’s Bite (pictured) gets U.S. distribution, plus more deals of the week.

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Deals: Toon Boom, Lionsgate, D360

Toon Boom links up with Guru on tech, Distribution 360 inks a deal for Ya Ya & Zouck (pictured), plus more deals of the week.