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World Screen Newsflash

March 24, 2021


Lionsgate: A Partner & Supplier of Choice

While it was certainly a challenging year for the TV and media industries at large, Lionsgate managed to turn those challenges into opportunities. “Demand for content increased and an array of new platforms entered the media ecosystem, which meant more opportunities for our films and television series to find homes,” says Agapy Kapouranis, the president of international television and digital distribution at Lionsgate. “We also created innovative windowing strategies and formed distribution partnerships that better served our content and our partners’ needs.”

***Image***And while in-person meetings haven’t been possible, Kapouranis says that everyone has been more connected than ever. “Not only are we working very closely with our internal teams but we’re having more virtual meetings with buyers across the globe that we wouldn’t otherwise have.”

With people around the world consuming more content than ever before, Lionsgate is dedicated to continuing to bring its films and TV shows to audiences where and when they want it. “Our strategy is to continue to be a leading supplier of programming to third-party partners while also supplying our Starz streaming service with original television series and a vast film library to support their global growth,” says Kapouranis.

Lionsgate has lined up a diverse slate of premium content to offer to the market, led by Home Economics, Run the World and The Pact. “Home Economics and Run the World are funny and fun comedies with great stories and amazing talent,” Kapouranis says.

Home Economics centers on three siblings who each have a very different economic status but who are still very close. It stars That ’70s Show’s Topher Grace and How to Get Away with Murder’s Karla Souza along with Caitlin McGee, Jimmy Tatro and Sasheer Zamata. “It’s a feel-good and entertaining premium series that will resonate with audiences,” says Kapouranis.

She describes Run the World as a “fierce, funny and empowering women-led series” about a group of Black friends navigating life in Harlem and thriving together. It comes from Dear White People showrunner Yvette Lee Bowser and Leigh Davenport and is one of the many projects Lionsgate is working on for Starz. Run the World features Amber Stevens West, Andrea Bordeaux, Bresha Webb and Corbin Reid.

Lionsgate is also bringing to market the buzzed-about crime thriller The Pact, a highly anticipated series for the BBC. The drama follows a group of friends involved in a murder and features a cast led by Breaking Bad’s Laura Fraser, Broadchurch’s Julie Hesmondhalgh and Ray Donovan’s Eddie Marsan.

“Buyers want platform-defining content that can cut through the clutter and keep their viewers engaged,” Kapouranis says. “We are platform-agnostic and can serve buyers across the entire spectrum of broadcast, cable and streaming platforms. Our content is binge-worthy, noisy, bold and diverse. We not only have robust film and television portfolios but we also own a 17,000-title library. To be a partner of choice, you have to offer them plenty of content choices, and Lionsgate has something for everyone.”

She adds that the company wants to continue to be “a global supplier of choice” to other platforms while remaining a prolific source of premium scripted series for Starz. “We have a robust and diverse content offering and, as the media landscape continues to change, we will strive to remain ahead of that evolution.”

See Lionsgate’s Spring 2021 Showcase here.

More from Lionsgate

Home Economics

***Video***(Comedy, 7x30 min.) This modern comedy takes a look at the heartwarming yet super uncomfortable and sometimes frustrating relationship between adult siblings: Tom, the middle-class writer; Connor, the little brother in the one percent of the one percent; and Sarah, the do-good sister who’s barely getting by. This is a family who loves each other, but money keeps getting in the way.

The Pact

***Video***(Drama, 6x60 min.) This thrilling drama follows the story of five friends, a sudden death and a web of lies. Seeking revenge on their misogynistic and abusive boss, the women enter a pact of silence. However, their friendships start to disintegrate as they struggle to keep their involvement a secret from the police and their loved ones. Anna, her friends and family are plagued by blackmail, secrets and lies.

Run the World

***Video***(Comedy, 8x30 min.) The story of a group of four Black, vibrant, fiercely loyal best friends who work, live and play in Harlem as they strive for world domination. At its core, it’s an unapologetically female show about friendship and not only surviving—but thriving together.
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Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist

***Video***(Drama, 25x60 min.) Zoey Clarke is a whip-smart computer coder who starts to hear the innermost wants of the people around her through songs. At first, she questions her own sanity but soon realizes this may be an incredibly wonderful gift. In the second season, Zoey and her family begin to navigate their new normal after a tragedy. As she finds herself in a new dynamic at work and in her love life, Zoey’s musical powers will continue to complicate and inform her worldview as she attempts to rediscover joy and connect with those around her.
Watch now on WorldScreenings.com

Love Life

***Video***(Dramedy, 20x30 min.) Love Life is about the journey from first love to last love, and how the people we're with along the way make us into who we are when we finally end up with someone forever. The romantic comedy anthology will follow a different protagonist’s quest for love each season, with each episode telling the story of one of their relationships.
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The Girlfriend Experience

***Video***(Event series, 37x30 min.) An anthology series reimagining Steven Soderbergh’s critically acclaimed movie. The series explores the sensual and dangerous world of transactional relationships and the lives of exclusive escorts who provide their clients with the perfect “Girlfriend Experience.” The third installment is set amidst the London tech scene where Iris, a neuroscience major, begins to explore the transactional world and soon finds herself deep inside.
Watch now on WorldScreenings.com

The Goes Wrong Show

***Video***(Comedy, 14x30 min.) Every week, the well-meaning amateurs of the Cornley Dramatic Society perform a half-hour play, live!: a horror story, a wartime drama, a legal thriller, a period romance, a deep south melodrama and a Christmas fable. And every week, the performance goes terribly, terribly wrong. Sets collapse, special effects fail, actors’ lives, limbs and the studio audience are threatened. But the show must go on!
Watch now on WorldScreenings.com

House of Ho

***Video***(Unscripted, 7x30 min.) Patriarch Binh Ho and his wife Hue Ho immigrated from Vietnam to the United States with little money, relying on hard work to establish the ultimate American dream. The power couple has built a multimillion-dollar bank, a real estate development company and a new generation of American Hos.
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***Video***(Comedy, 19x30 min.) A comedy about navigating the trials and traumas of middle-class motherhood, while taking a unique look at the hyper-competitive and unromantic sides of parenting. Working mom Julia, single mom Liz and stay-at-home dad Kevin are desperate to win the approval of the Alpha Mums who seem to have it all together with organic food, perfect hairdos, doting husbands and plenty of time to look after their children…in short, everything Julia, Liz and Kevin don’t have.
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Power Book II: Ghost

***Video***(Drama, 20x60 min.) Power Book II: Ghost picks up shortly after the earth-shattering events of Power as Tariq St. Patrick grapples with a new world order: his father dead and his mother, Tasha, facing charges for the murder her son committed. Tariq is forced to balance the academic rigors of an Ivy League university while still maintaining a foot in the drug world.
Watch now on WorldScreenings.com

Visit Lionsgate’s Screening Room here

Lionsgate Contacts: Agapy Kapouranis, President, International Television & Digital Distribution; Annie Yim, SVP, AsiaPac; Jim Packer, President, Worldwide TV & Digital Distribution; Nicky Wood, SVP & Head, EMEA TV Sales, U.K.; Susan Hummel, EVP, Canada.


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