Starz & Lionsgate Ink Film Output Deal for U.K. Streaming


StarzPlay has secured a theatrical output deal with Lionsgate for split first pay streaming rights in the U.K. to recently released and upcoming movies, including the box-office hit Knives Out.

Under the multiyear pact, StarzPlay subscribers in the U.K. will be able to access Lionsgate first-run movies; Bombshell, which has earned three Academy Award nominations; and hit titles such as Angel Has Fallen and Rambo: Last Blood. The deal also features Lionsgate UK’s The Personal History of David Copperfield and Military Wives.

“One of our top priorities is to supply StarzPlay with a deep roster of exciting Lionsgate content that complements their original programming and 3rd party acquisitions as they continue to launch their service around the world,” said Lionsgate’s president of worldwide television and digital distribution, Jim Packer. “This agreement reflects a thoughtful and flexible approach to our windowing strategies while building value through the continued combination of our IP creation and platform distribution capabilities.”

“We’re delighted to bring Lionsgate’s slate of star-driven and critically acclaimed feature films to our U.K. subscribers,” said Starz’s executive VP of international digital networks, Superna Kalle. “Offering consumers great content is key to growing our subscriber base as we continue our international rollout, and this partnership only scratches the surface of what Lionsgate and Starz can achieve together.”