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Lionsgate to Distribute A+E Networks Content

14 Aug, 2012 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Lionsgate Aug. 14 said it has entered into a partnership with A+E Networks under which it will handle home entertainment distribution of programming from A&E, History, Biography and Lifetime channels.

A+E Networks is co-owned by The Walt Disney Co. and Hearst Corp. after NBC Universal last month agreed to sell its 15.8% stake to the companies for $3 billion.

The partnership includes distribution of physical and digital media encompassing programs such as “Storage Wars,” “Shipping Wars” and “Duck Dynasty,” History’s “Pawn Stars,” “American Pickers” and “America The Story of US,” and Lifetime’s “Dance Moms” and the library of Lifetime Original Movies.

The deal also includes A+E Networks’ Home Entertainment catalog programming such as miniseries “Pride & Prejudice”; acquired classic TV series including “Monty Python's Flying Circus,” “Farscape,” “Kids in the Hall” and “Homicide: Life on the Street”; and programming from A+E's home entertainment distribution partnership with Major League Baseball, including the annual World Series Championship Film and World Series Collector's Edition, featuring complete games from the World Series.

“A+E Networks is the kind of entrepreneurial, dynamic and fast-growing company with whom we like to be in business,” Steve Beeks, Lionsgate co-COO and motion picture group president, said in a statement. “The growth trajectory of their channels is one of the biggest success stories in our industry today, and we expect them to be a rich, varied and exciting source of highly branded product for our home entertainment consumers for years to come.”

Indeed, A+E Networks is the No. 2 ad-supported cable network group in the delivery of adults. It said its second quarter was the most-watched fiscal period ever among all demos; the company has experienced year-over-year viewership growth in 10 consecutive quarters.

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