Lionsgate expands StudioCanal partnership

02-10-12 Hunger Games

Canadian mini-studio Lionsgate has signed a multi-year agreement with Europe’s StudioCanal to distribute Lionsgate films in Germany and Austria, it was announced Monday.

The agreement extends StudioCanal’s distribution of The Hunger Games franchise into German-speaking territories to include the sequel, Catching Fire, and the final two-part installment, Mockingjay part one and part two, in addition to other films from Lionsgate’s slate.

“StudioCanal epitomizes the kind of blue-chip partner around whom we are building our international distribution network,” said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairs Patrick Wachsberger and Rob Friedman in a statement.

“Nobody knows our business better than they do, and their marketing prowess, brand recognition and vision will give us continuity, consistency and leadership in bringing our films to Germany and Austria for years to come,” they added.

In May, the companies announced that StudioCanal will distribute The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in German markets, and renewed their agreement under which Lionsgate distributes StudioCanal’s library of around 2000 titles in North America.

“This agreement provides us with a pipeline of some of the most commercially exciting films in the world, including the rest of The Hunger Games franchise, from a company emerging as a major force in the global marketplace. Lionsgate titles added to our own StudioCanal productions give us great visibility on our 2014-2015 line up,” said StudioCanal Germany CEO Rodolphe Buet in his own statement.

The deal was brokered for Lionsgate by Wachsberger, Lionsgate International president Helen Lee Kim, Lionsgate executive VP of international legal and business affairs Michael Meyer, and for StudioCanal by CEO Rodolphe Buet and EVP legal and business affairs Alexandra Bauermeister.

The deal follows Lionsgate last week inking a long-term output deal with Australia’s Roadshow Films to distribute Lionsgate films, including the remaining Hunger Games films, in the Aussie market.