Advanced Television


Lionsgate+ renews Outlander; greenlights prequel

Lionsgate+ has announced a renewal for an eighth and final season of the popular time-traveling fantasy drama, Outlander, and a greenlight for the Lionsgate+ Original Series, Outlander: Blood of My Blood, a prequel series from Matthew B. Roberts, Ronald D. Moore and Maril Davis, who also serve as executive producers of the original series. Outlander: […]

January 20, 2023

Lionsgate selects Ateliere Connect platform

Ateliere Creative Technologies, a supplier of media supply chain solutions, has announced that Lionsgate has selected the company’s cloud-native Ateliere Connect platform to help manage and distribute its 17,000-plus movie and TV title library, which includes brands and franchises such as John Wick, The Hunger Games, The Twilight Saga, Dirty Dancing, The Expendables, Ghosts, Saw, Power (pictured), Now You See […]

January 19, 2023

Research: UK families value SVoD age ratings

A study from the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) into attitudes and understanding of age ratings and content advice among UK-based parents and caregivers of 4-to 15-year-olds, as well as young people aged 12-19, reveals that nine in ten (90 per cent) parents/caregivers of 4-to 15-year-olds and eight in ten teenagers aged 16-19 consider […]

January 12, 2023By Colin Mann

Starz promotes Nielson to EVP International Networks

Starz President and CEO, Jeffrey Hirsch, has announced that global SVoD executive, Darren Nielson, has been promoted to Executive Vice President, International Networks, taking over from Superna Kalle. Reporting directly to Hirsch, Nielson will oversee the international division’s growth for its newly rebranded international service Lionsgate+ including P&L responsibility and all aspects of programming, distribution, […]

January 4, 2023

Lionsgate takes $1.8bn hit, cuts territories

Lionsgate has reported second quarter (to September 30th 2022) revenue of $875.2 million (€893.7m), operating loss of $1.75 billion and net loss attributable to Lionsgate shareholders of $1.81 billion. The company made a strategic decision to exit seven Lionsgate+ (formerly Starzplay International) international territories, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Benelux, the Nordics and Japan, to streamline […]

November 4, 2022

Lionsgate+ on Sky platforms

Lionsgate+, the SVoD service from Starz, is now available on Sky Glass and Sky Q in the UK and Ireland, as well as via Sky Stream in the UK. Later in 2022, the app will arrive on Sky Q and Sky Glass in Italy, and Sky Q in Germany. Customers in the UK, Ireland, Germany […]

October 25, 2022By Colin Mann

Starzplay rebrands as Lionsgate+

Starz has announced that its Starzplay streaming service will rebrand as Lionsgate+, coinciding with a new brand look rolling out globally on September 29th. Starzplay will rebrand to Lionsgate+ in 35 Starz markets excluding the US and Canada where it will remain Starz. Brand names for Starzpay Arabia along with South and Southeast Asia’s Lionsgate […]

September 28, 2022

John Wick prequel series to debut on Peacock

Peacock and Lionsgate have announced a multi-year deal for The Continental, the three-part special event series based on the blockbuster action franchise, John Wick. Premiering exclusively on Peacock in 2023, The Continental will explore the origin story and inner workings of the exclusive Continental Hotel, a centerpiece of the John Wick Universe which serves as a refuge for […]

August 16, 2022By Nik Roseveare

Lionsgate signs first-look TV deal with Le Train Train

The Lionsgate Television Group has signed a first-look deal Le Train Train prodco headed by Rashida Jones (pictured) and Will McCormack. Under the terms of the agreement, Jones and McCormack will produce scripted television programming for a range of platforms. Already in development is Lovesick, based on the UK romcom series of the same name. This […]

June 30, 2022

Lionsgate: “Starz spin-off this summer”

Streaming service Starz will definitely be sold this summer, according to a statement from owners Lionsgate – with the financial and other considerations wrapping by the end of the year. Lionsgate acquired Starz in 2016 and paid some $4.4 billion (€4.09bn) at the time. “We are engaged in a robust and productive process with our […]

May 30, 2022By Chris Forrester