Lionsgate forms distribution partnership with Skydance


Michelle Clancy

| 06 October 2015

Lionsgate and Skydance have formed a global television distribution pact with the launch of Skydance International.

The launch of newly-created label, which will feature Skydance Media's premium television properties around the world following their initial US broadcast, augments Lionsgate's worldwide distribution pipeline (it distributes nearly 2,000 hours of television programming annually around the world) and permits the two companies to tap opportunities across the global television marketplace.

The global distribution pact will encompass programming led by Skydance's Emmy-nominated television series Grace and Frankie and the drama Manhattan (produced in partnership with Lionsgate and Tribune Studios), as well as a number of new properties that Skydance is developing for the international television marketplace. These include Lore, and Madness of Angels, which is inspired by Kate Griffin's six-book fantasy series.

"We're thrilled to expand our partnership with Skydance Media, one of the hottest and most dynamic film and television studios in the industry," said Lionsgate president of worldwide television and digital distribution Jim Packer. "The Skydance brand is synonymous with big, bold, quality entertainment events, and their television slate complements our global distribution pipeline. We're excited to partner with them on all forms of global distribution, from the traditional to the disruptive, and we'll focus on innovative deals that reflect today's dynamic television ecosystem."

Lionsgate recently added to its distribution footprint with the announcement that Buena Vista International (BVI) will distribute Lionsgate titles in Russia and the rest of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).