Lionsgate brings Studiocanal movies to Germany

Jörn Krieger ©RapidTVNews | 24-05-2012

Global entertainment company Lionsgate and Studiocanal, a subsidiary of French media group Canal+, have extended their partnership through a long-term renewal of the agreement under which Lionsgate distributes the Studiocanal library of more than 2,000 titles in the German-speaking territories.

The collaboration, which the two companies announced at the Cannes Film Festival, also includes a new agreement for Studiocanal to distribute the next instalment of The Hunger Games franchise, Catching Fire, in German-language countries.

The first film in the franchise, global blockbuster The Hunger Games, has grossed nearly $400 million at the North American box office and is approaching $650 million at the worldwide box office, including more than $24 million in German-speaking territories.

"Lionsgate has always been a great partner to Studiocanal. In the US they have distributed our library, from Grand Illusion to Terminator 2," said Olivier Courson, chairman of Studiocanal. "They had a great success with Last Exorcism, opening it to over $20 million. In the UK we are partners in the leading independent home entertainment operation Elevation. And in Germany, we have a long-term relationship on current films and are very happy to have The Hunger Games."