SANTA MONICA, Calif., and VANCOUVER, May 10, 2016 /CNW/ -- Reflecting the increasing strategic importance of subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) platforms in the global licensing landscape, Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) has elevated Agapy Kapouranis to the newly created position of Executive Vice President of Global Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD), the Company announced today. Ms. Kapouranis will be based at the Company's Santa Monica, California corporate headquarters.
A seasoned industry executive, Ms. Kapouranis will spearhead the licensing of content to SVOD platforms throughout the international marketplace, evaluating the relative merits of global SVOD or market-by-market sales strategies on a case-by-case basis. She will also continue to oversee licensing of the Company's content in Canada. She reports to Lionsgate EVP of North American TV and SVOD Sales Lawrence Szabo and Lionsgate President of International Television & Digital Distribution Peter Iacono.
The Company continues to expand its international presence, licensing a full slate of feature films, nearly 80 television shows on 40 different U.S. networks and a prestigious 16,000-title motion picture and television library to a mix of broadcast, cable, pay television, SVOD and digital platforms worldwide. It recently bolstered its international library through a deal with New Regency Pictures, adding blockbuster titles including The Revenant, The Big Short and Gone Girl.
"Agapy is an innovative television and digital distribution executive and a skilled decision-maker with a deep understanding of local international markets and global SVOD deals," said Lionsgate President of Worldwide Television & Digital Distribution Jim Packer. "She is part of an international distribution team of experienced, digitally fluent and forward-thinking executives who position us to evolve with our markets and capitalize on tremendous opportunities in the SVOD and digital space around the world."
Ms. Kapouranis previously served as Senior Vice President of Television & Digital Distribution, playing an integral role in identifying windowing opportunities and new business models while managing the North American subscription streaming market.
The executive joined Lionsgate in May 2011 after serving as Vice President of International On-Demand and New Media at MGM Studios.
Lionsgate is a premier next generation global content leader with a diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, international distribution and sales, branded channel platforms, interactive ventures and games, and location-based entertainment. The Company has nearly 80 television shows on 40 different networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses. These include the critically-acclaimed hit series Orange is the New Black, the hit broadcast network series Nashville, the syndication successes The Wendy Williams Show and Celebrity Name Game (with FremantleMedia), the breakout series The Royals and the Golden Globe-nominated dramedy Casual.
The Company's feature film business spans eight labels and includes the blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, the Now You See Me, Divergent and John Wick series, Sicario, The Age of Adaline, Roadside Attractions' Love & Mercy and Mr. Holmes, Codeblack Films' Addicted and 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.
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 approximately 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 and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world. www.lionsgate.com
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