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Lionsgate Ups Australian Theatrical Presence

16 Jul, 2014 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Mini-major continues to expand its brand internationally

Lionsgate has extended a multiyear theatrical distribution agreement with Roadshow Films, Village Roadshow Limited’s theatrical distribution arm in Australia.

The new output slate includes the upcoming The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 and Part 2, due to launch this November and November 2015; action comedy Mortdecai, starring Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow and Ewan McGregor; and "Power Rangers" films from Lionsgate’s partnership with Saban Brands to produce a series of live action films based on the "Power Rangers" brand.

Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment films are distributed in Australia by eOne.

“Our portfolio of tentpole franchises, potential franchises and star-driven event films will create tremendous opportunities for both companies in Australia in the years to come,” Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairs Patrick Wachsberger and Rob Friedman and Lionsgate International COO Andrew Kramer, said in a statement.

On the heels of a SVOD service launch in China, Lionsgate is attempting to distribute its movies via output deals in territories covering 80% of the world’s movie-going population outside China and India.

Lionsgate self-distributes in the United Kingdom; via the IDC joint venture serving Latin America and a partnership with Celestial Tiger serving China and Southeast Asia. 


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