Lionsgate Teams With Amazon Prime Video India on Streaming Deal

Amazon and Lionsgate have reached a long-term exclusive deal under which Amazon Prime Video India will be the exclusive subscription streaming home in the Indian market.

The deal covers streaming rights to “La La Land,” which has grossed over $370 million at the worldwide box office and won six Academy Awards, including Best Director for Damien Chazelle and Best Actress for Emma Stone, along with “Deepwater Horizon” and “The Divergent Series: Allegiant. Upcoming 2017 releases from Lionsgate including “Power Rangers” and “The Shack” will also be exclusively available only to Prime members, and not be available on satellite or pay television.

Rohit Tiwari at Morris Street Advisors, which represents Lionsgate in India, negotiated the deal.

“It is awesome that Lionsgate has partnered with Amazon Prime Video to bring its original, daring and highly acclaimed content to Indian customers.” said Nitesh Kripalani, director and country head of Amazon Prime Video India.

“Our collaboration with Amazon Prime Video India is the latest example of our commitment to bring world-class, award-winning movies and television series to the Indian market and its viewers,” said Lionsgate President of Worldwide Television & Digital Distribution Jim Packer.

The deal will cover the five-title Twilight Saga, the seven-film Saw series, “Red” and “Step Up 5.” TV titles include  “Nashville,” “The Royals,” “Graves,” “Mad Men” and “Anger Management.”


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Amazon Scores Long-Term Streaming Deal With Lionsgate In India

Amazon and Lionsgate have inked a long-term deal that will see Prime Video India be the exclusive subscription streaming home for Lionsgate content.

Under the deal, titles such as La La Land, Deepwater Horizon and The Divergent Series: Allegiant as well as upcoming releases such as Power Rangers and The Shack will be exclusively available only to Prime members and won’t be available on satellite or pay TV. Further franchises such as The Twilight Saga, Red and Step Up along with TV series including Nashville, The Royals, Graves, Anger Management and Mad Men are also included in the deal.

Rohit Tiwari at Morris Street Advisors, which reps Lionsgate in India, negotiated and closed the deal.

“It is awesome that Lionsgate has partnered with Amazon Prime Video to bring its original, daring and highly acclaimed content to Indian customers,” said Nitesh Kripalani, Director and Country Head of Amazon Prime Video India. “We know our Prime members are going to absolutely love the selection of award-winning films, indelible characters and unforgettable stories from edge-of-the-seat thrillers to spectacular action to heartfelt drama – in true Lionsgate style.”

Lionsgate’s President of Worldwide Television and Digital Distribution Jim Packer said: “Our collaboration with Amazon Prime Video India is the latest example of our commitment to bring world-class, award-winning movies and television series to the Indian market and its viewers. We’re very pleased to partner with Amazon as they continue to transform the face of entertainment in India and bring our premium film and television content to their viewers.”

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Lionsgate Teams With Anil Kapoor for Hindi ‘Red’ Remake

Lionsgate and Indian movie star Anil Kapoor are teaming on a Hindi-language remake of the successful 2010 action movie “Red.”

It’s the first film jointly produced by Lionsgate and Kapoor, operating through his production vehicle AKFC Network.

Red” was produced and released by Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label with an ensemble cast including Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Karl Urban and Mary-Louise Parker. The film tells the story of a former black-ops agent, portrayed by Willis, whose peaceful life is threatened by a high-tech assassin and reassembles his old team in a last ditch effort to survive and uncover his assailants.

“Red” generated $90 million in U.S. grosses and another $108 million internationally.

“Red” will be Lionsgate’s second film in India following “Brothers,” Lionsgate’s remake of its film “Warrior.” AKFC Network and Lionsgate are finalizing the cast for “Red,” scheduled to go into production in August.

“We’re delighted to partner with our friend Anil Kapoor, a huge brand name with Indian audiences, in the remake of our box office blockbuster Red,” said Lionsgate exec VP of international sales Wendy Reeds. “We’re proud to continue building our business in India, and we have the ideal partner and the perfect property to bring Indian audiences a film distinguished by its stellar talent, nonstop action and incredible excitement and suspense.”

Kapoor noted that his company has adapted first two seasons of “24.”

“This successful movie that boasts a huge multi-star cast is perfect for India as it has all the elements our audience loves — action, drama and comedy mounted on a huge canvas,” he said. “Also, just as we set new benchmarks in television with ’24,’ we intend to revive the multi-starrer action movie genre that was so popular up to the 90’s. We are happy and excited to partner with Lionsgate in co-producing Red and are looking forward to delivering an exciting and high production movie.”

The partnership and deal was orchestrated and negotiated by Rohit Tiwari at Morris Street Advisors, Lionsgate’s exclusive non-theatrical distribution agent in India and the region.


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Lionsgate, Endemol India to Co-Produce ‘Warrior’ Remake

The two companies will partner on the Hindi version of the 2011 sports drama that starred Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton.

Lionsgate and Endemol India will co-produce a Hindi version of 2011 sports drama Warrior, which starred Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton.

Lionsgate’s martial arts driven Warrior was directed by Gavin O’Connor and revolved around two estranged brothers and their struggling relationship with each other and their father.

The Hindi remake of Warrior will be the first film to be jointly produced by Lionsgate and Endemol India via its banner Eyedentity Motion Pictures.

While a budget and other details were not disclosed, the companies said that the film will be adapted for Indian audiences and “rewritten for Indian tastes.” They said: “Its focus on contact sports will be integral to the storyline and will position Warrior as one of the few sports dramas made in India.”

The film’s cast is being finalized with the project scheduled to go into production in December.

“Lionsgate is committed to identifying opportunities to produce and deliver motion pictures, television programming and other premium content to one of the largest and fastest-growing markets in the world,” said Lionsgate president of worldwide television and digital distribution Jim Packer.

Warrior is the kind of locally produced property based on timeless themes that we expect to resonate with mainstream commercial audiences in India. And our partnership with Endemol’s Eyedentity Motion Pictures will bring valuable local expertise to our venture,” added Lionsgate COO of international distribution Andrew Kramer.

“We are pleased to partner with Lionsgate in their initial film venture in India by co-producing Warrior,” said Endemol India CEO Deepak Dhar. “Action-filled and emotionally powerful with themes of forgiveness and the enduring bonds of family, Warrior will be a quality film made with top-of-the-line production values that we believe will strike a responsive chord with Indian audiences.”

The partnership was negotiated by Rohit Tiwari at Morris St. Advisors, Lionsgate’s agents in India.

Endemol India is a 51 percent/49 percent ownership strategic alliance between Endemol BV and CA Media, the Asian investment arm of Peter Chernin‘s The Chernin Group.

Over the years, Endemol India has produced local versions of major international TV properties, including Big Brother and Fear Factor, among other original shows. Endemol India’s forays into film include the upcoming south Indian-language remakes of hit Hindi thriller Kahaani.

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Charlie Sheen’s ‘Anger Management’ Sold to Comedy Central India

The Lionsgate sitcom for FX is headed to the Indian 24/7 channel, after earlier sales to Canada and a dozen international territories.

TORONTO – Lionsgate has sold the Charlie Sheen-starring sitcom Anger Management to Comedy Central India.

India’s 24/7 comedy channel picked up the exclusive broadcast rights from Lionsgate International Television.

The Lionsgate sitcom, which has a 90-episode order from FX and CTV in Canada, has also been sold to Latin America, the UK, Scandinavia, Australia/New Zealand, Germany, Benelux, Poland, Spain and South Africa.

In the U.S., Debmar Mercury also sold Anger Management into syndication with the Fox station group.

The comedy is based on the 2003 film of the same name, and is produced by Lionsgate Television in conjunction with Revolution Studios, Evolution Entertainment, Mohawk Productions and Estevez Sheen Productions.

The Indian TV deal was arranged by Rohit Tiwari at Morris St. Advisors, Lionsgate’s partner and agent in India.

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