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Lionsgate, StudioCanal Expand ‘Hunger Games’ Distribution Deal

17 Sep, 2012 By: Erik Gruenwedel

'The Hunger Games'

Lionsgate Sept. 17 said it has enhances a distribution deal with StudioCanal that now gives the French media company the rights to distribute the third film in “The Hunger Games” series, Mockingjay — Part 1 and Part 2 and other films from the Lionsgate slate in German-speaking countries.

The agreement expands a deal announced in May that included The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire for distribution in Germany and Austria. The agreement — signed at the Cannes Film Festival — also enables Lionsgate to distribute more than 2,000 StudioCanal titles in the United States in home entertainment channels such as packaged media, transactional video-on-demand, electronic sellthrough and subscription VOD.

The Hunger Games, starring Jennifer Lawrence, has generated about $23 million at the box office in German-speaking countries. The movie had sold more than $685 million in tickets globally.

The StudioCanal library includes DVD, television, on-demand and digital rights to some of the top titles from the former Carolco and DEG libraries, including Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Total Recall, Basic Instinct, Rambo, Tender Mercies, Crimes of the Heart, Frances and Evil Dead 2, as well as French films such as Jean Renoir’s Grand Illusion and Rules of the Game, and Luis Buñuel’s That Obscure Object of Desire and The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoise.

Indeed, Lionsgate generated $20 million at the box office (and more in home entertainment) last year releasing StudioCanal’s The Last Exorcism. Lionsgate and StudioCanal are also partnered in the Elevation Sales home entertainment joint venture in the U.K. and distribution of the Miramax library worldwide.

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

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