Leading independent Entertainment One (“eOne”) and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a premier next generation global content leader, have extended and expanded their feature film output agreements in Canada, Australia and Spain, the two companies announced today. The agreements extend eOne distribution across all media through 2018 for Lionsgate and Summit label films in Canada and Spain and Summit films in Australia.
The collaboration has already been responsible for launching The Hunger Games, Twilight and Divergent franchises in the three territories, and the upcoming pipeline covered under the agreements includes Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2, the next two installments of the global blockbuster The Hunger Games franchise, the next three films in the Divergent series (Insurgent andAllegiant Parts 1 & 2) and such eagerly-anticipated tentpoles as Gods of Egypt, which just wrapped production in Australia, and Now You See Me 2, which starts production this fall.
“Lionsgate continues to deliver a consistent pipeline of commercially exciting films that resonate with audiences around the world The Hunger Games, Twilight, Divergent, Now You See Me… the brands speak for themselves,” said Patrice Théroux, who oversees eOne’s global film business. “We’re very proud of our partnership with Jon, Patrick, Rob, Steve, Andrew and the entire Lionsgate team, and this multi-year, multi-territory extension is a testament to a great and successful collaboration between our two companies.”
“We’re delighted to extend our successful partnership with Darren, Patrice, Bryan, Troy, Jorge and their respective teams at eOne as we continue to position ourselves to capitalize on tremendous growth opportunities in the global marketplace,” said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairs Patrick Wachsberger and Rob Friedman and Lionsgate COO International Andrew Kramer. “eOne has proven to be a dedicated and innovative partner with exceptional expertise in markets around the world, and we look forward to delivering a portfolio of tentpole franchises, major brands and star-driven event films that will elevate our collaboration to the next level of performance.”