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SANTA MONICA, Calif. and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, April 18, 2017 /CNW/ -- In a significant first step toward growing its presence in a key territory, Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), a Canadian-domiciled next generation global content leader, has appointed veteran distribution executive Susan Hummel to the newly-created position of Executive Vice President and Managing Director of its Canadian distribution operation, the Company announced today.
Ms. Hummel will be responsible for establishing the Company's first distribution office in Toronto, which she will manage and lead. Her appointment reflects the continued growth of Lionsgate's worldwide content platform, driven by a 16,000-title film and television library, one of the largest independent television businesses in the world and a home entertainment division that distributed 6 of this year's 9 Best Picture Oscar nominees.
"Susan is an experienced and entrepreneurial distribution executive with deep knowledge of the Canadian television landscape who launched MGM and FremantleMedia's offices in the territory," said Lionsgate President of Worldwide Television & Digital Distribution Jim Packer. "She is the perfect executive to lead the charge at our new office as we continue to maximize licensing opportunities for our expanding Lionsgate and Starz film and television portfolio as well as expand our unscripted television presence in this key territory."
Prior to joining Lionsgate, Ms. Hummel served as Senior Vice President of Distribution and Sales for FremantleMedia International where she headed its first distribution office in Canada and managed key deals for the company's titles, including America's Got Talent, Match Game, Deutschland '83 and Family Feud, which is co-produced by Lionsgate's subsidiary Debmar-Mercury.
Before that, Ms. Hummel worked at MGM for a number of years where she also led its Canadian office and developed and executed sales strategies for the Canadian market across all platforms, including video-on-demand, electronic sell-through, subscription-video-on-demand, pay and cable television, as well as U.S. basic cable television. She also had stints at Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and Twentieth Century Fox Studios.
Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) is a vertically integrated next generation global content leader with a diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, premium pay television networks, home entertainment, global distribution and sales, interactive ventures and games and location-based entertainment.
With the acquisition of Starz, Lionsgate adds to its portfolio of businesses the flagship STARZ premium pay network serving 24.3 million subscribers and the STARZ ENCORE platform with 31 million subscribers. The combined company will operate five over-the-top (OTT) streaming services and the STARZ app delivering content directly to consumers.
The Company's feature film business spans eight labels and includes the blockbuster The Hunger Games franchise, the Now You See Me series, the box office smash La La Land, which won six Academy Awards®, the hit franchise sequel John Wick: Chapter Two, double Oscar winner Hacksaw Ridge, Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween, The Shack, Saban's Power Rangers, CBS Films/Lionsgate's Hell or High Water, Roadside Attractions' critically-acclaimed Manchester by the Sea, Codeblack Films' breakout concert film Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain and Pantelion Films' Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.
One of the largest independent television businesses in the world, Lionsgate's slate of premium quality series encompasses nearly 90 shows on more than 40 different networks. These include the ground-breaking Orange is the New Black, the fan favorite Nashville, the syndication success The Wendy Williams Show, the hit drama The Royals, the acclaimed Casual, the breakout success Greenleaf, the network reality shows Kicking & Screaming and the eagerly-anticipated Candy Crush, and hit STARZ series including Outlander, Black Sails, Survivor's Remorse and Power, the second highest-rated premium pay television series of 2016.
Lionsgate's home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rates. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of more than 16,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as a foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate, Summit Entertainment and Starz brands are synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world. www.lionsgate.com
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