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Lionsgate closes Starz transaction

Following news in June that it entered into an agreement to acquire U.S. pay-TV network Starz for US$4.4 billion, Lionsgate has announced the deal has closed. The transaction, a combination of ...
December 8, 2016

Following news in June that it entered into an agreement to acquire U.S. pay-TV network Starz for US$4.4 billion, Lionsgate has announced the deal has closed.

The transaction, a combination of cash and stock, brings together a content platform that extends across TV and film verticals, giving Lionsgate access to a network of 25 million subscribers and associated streaming services.

Both companies held shareholder meetings on Wednesday, Dec. 7, with 95% of Starz shareholders approving the transaction and 98% of Lionsgate’s shareholding giving it a thumbs up.

Over the five months since the announcement the companies have worked to develop an integration plan. Lionsgate’s worldwide home entertainment and television distributions will absorb Starz’s distribution operations.

The remainder of the Starz network will operate as a wholly owned Lionsgate subsidiary, with a plan to expand the scope and leadership of its scripted programming, while also growing its global footprint. Starz leadership will remain the same with Chris Albrecht (pictured) staying in the role of president and CEO of Starz. He will also be a member of Lionsgate’s Executive Management Committee.

“Lionsgate and Starz have a shared vision – to make incredible content for audiences across the world and capitalize on technology and innovation to distribute that content across multiple platforms and devices,” Albrecht said in a note on the announcement.

Starz unscripted content stable includes Starz InsideStarz StudiosThe Chair and Anthony B. Sacco‘s forthcoming documentary Nude.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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