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Lionsgate names TV COO

Laura Kennedy has been upped to COO of Lionsgate’s television division, putting her in charge of M&A, strategy and planning at the independent studio’s TV arm. Kennedy is a ten-year veteran at Lionsgate, the Liberty Global-backed studio that recently bought premium cabler Starz. She has been upped from executive VP and fills a role that […]

Discovery, Lionsgate get closer, team for drama

Discovery is pushing further into drama with The Suck, a ten-part Vietnam war series being produced by Lionsgate. The deal comes after Discovery and Liberty invested in the US independent studio, and as Lionsgate boss Jon Feltheimer told investors the company is growing its strategic relationship with Discovery. The Suck will go out on Discovery […]

Lionsgate buys into UK indie Potboiler

North America’s Lionsgate has bought into another UK prodco, this time taking a stake in film and television firm Potboiler Productions. The indie is run by Andrea Calderwood (Generation Kill, The Last King of Scotland) and Gail Egan (The Constant Gardener), and Lionsgate UK has taken an unspecified equity stake in its fledgling TV drama […]

Lionsgate hires former ITV drama chief

The UK division of Lionsgate has hired former ITV drama boss Steve November to head its British scripted TV efforts. November was with UK broadcaster ITV for 16 years, exiting earlier this year amid a raft of changes as Kevin Lygo became director of television. The US studio has been ramping up its UK efforts, […]

NATPE adding music industry track to Miami

NATPE will have a new dedicated music industry track at its Miami event in January. The industry group said NATPE Music will have a-list artists, publishers and executives and examine the areas where the TV and music businesses meet. The new track will run for the duration of the Miami event, which will again take place […]

A+E, YouTube added to MIPCOM Masterminds

Execs from A+E and YouTube have been added to the roster of Media Mastermind speakers at MIPCOM. Sean Cohan (above left), president, international and digital media, at A+E has been confirmed, as has YouTube’s original programming chief, Susanne Daniels. Ben Silverman, the former Electus and NBC entertainment boss who is now running A+E-backed producer Propagate, […]

Ex-E! scripted boss to run Lionsgate JV

Former E! head of scripted programming Kevin Plunkett will lead the new Lionsgate and New Regency television and film production joint venture. Lionsgate and film firm New Regency revealed they were joining forces to produce and distribute TV shows and features earlier this year at NATPE Miami. Plunkett, who was in charge of scripted programming […]

Lionsgate backs Gogglebox pair’s indie

Lionsgate has invested in Primal Media, the new prodco from Mat Steiner and Adam Wood, the execs behind Gogglebox Entertainment. Steiner and Wood left Sony-backed Gogglebox earlier this year, leading to the closure of the prodco. Their biggest success to date has been horror gameshow Release the Hounds, which plays on ITV2 in the UK. They […]

Lionsgate makes UK TV move with Kindle deal

The UK division of independent Hollywood studio Lionsgate has taken an equity stake in indie producer Kindle Entertainment, TBI can reveal. Kindle is the prodco founded by Anne Brogan and Melanie Stokes, and makes kids shows including Hank Zipzer, Dixi (pictured below) and Dinopaws. The Lionsgate deal, financial terms of which were not revealed, gives the studio […]

Lionsgate buys stake in Wicked Tuna indie

Lionsgate Entertainment is buying into Wicked Tuna producer Pilgrim Studios. The “strategic investment” means Pilgrim now has financial backing from the Hunger Games and Mad Men studio, which this week welcomed Liberty Global and Discovery Communications as shareholders. The deal is thought to be worth US$200 million and believed to hand Lionsgate more than 50% […]