Deal bolsters UK Television output and continues support of home grown product and talent
LONDON, Jan. 31, 2017 /CNW/ -- Continuing to ramp up its television operations, diversified filmed entertainment company Lionsgate UK announced today that it has entered into a first look deal with UK production outfit Bonafide Films to provide projects for world-wide distribution. The deal strengthens the studio's on-going commitment to bring quality British television to a global audience.
Bonafide has become a growing force in television drama. They are currently in production on BBC One's The Last Post, a much anticipated Peter Moffat series that tells the story of a regiment of military police and their families stationed in the Middle East during the 1960s Aden Emergency. They are also developing: an adaptation of JG Ballard's Super-Cannes with award winning playwright DC Moore adapting and Saul Dibb directing; an original series with BAFTA and Golden Globe winner Peter Straughan; and adaptations of the George Saunders novella, Bounty, and the Ned Bauman novel The Teleportation Accident with Straughan for Film4.
Zygi Kamasa, CEO of Lionsgate's European office commented, "We're excited to be partnering with Bonafide which has proved to have a flair for bringing fresh and unique projects to the table. This deal marks the latest step in our continued strategy of bringing British television product to a global audience out of the UK office."
"Under the leadership of Zygi Kamasa, Lionsgate UK is continuing to build a robust television business alongside its premier film brand," said Lionsgate Television Group Chairman Kevin Beggs. "We're pleased to develop a relationship with Margery Bone and the team at Bonafide, a dynamic and exciting young company with a fast-growing television drama business, as we continue to work closely with our UK colleagues in creating and delivering premium quality programming for a global audience."
Margery Bone, Managing Director - Bonafide Films says: "Partnering with Lionsgate UK on this first look deal marks an exciting moment for Bonafide Films as our company continues to grow. In the next three years we look forward to bringing Lionsgate a host of bold and original ideas from the established writers with whom we have ongoing relationships as well as the new writing talent who we support and develop to create the next wave of brilliant, authentic television."
The deal marks the latest step in the continued global expansion of Lionsgate's television business. In the UK, the Company has recently invested in production companies Potboiler Television, Primal Media & Kindle Entertainment, co-financed the hit Channel 4 comedy Damned and hired leading ITV executive Steve November as Creative Director of UK Television.
One of the largest independent television businesses in the world, Lionsgate's slate encompasses nearly 90 series on 40 different U.S. networks, including the ground-breaking Orange is the New Black, fan favorite Nashville, which is achieving record ratings on CMT, Casual, The Royals, Greenleaf and Graves along with eagerly-anticipated new series such as Dear White People for Netflix, White Famous for Showtime, Step Up for YouTube Red, Kicking & Screaming for Fox and Candy Crush for CBS.
The deal was negotiated for Lionsgate by Alexandra Keen, Executive Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs, together with Sarah Buxton for Bonafide. Consultant Marc Lorber brought the deal into Lionsgate UK.
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 nearly 25 million subscribers and the STARZ ENCORE platform with over 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 Hunger Games franchise, the Now You See Me and John Wick series, the critically-acclaimed box office hit La La Land, which earned a record-tying 14 Academy Award® nominations, Hacksaw Ridge, Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween, CBS Films/Lionsgate's Hell or High Water, Roadside Attractions' 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 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
About Bonafide Films
Bonafide Films is a dynamic and rapidly growing, independent TV drama and film production company based in London and Newcastle. Founded in December 2010 by MD Margery Bone, the company is run by Bone, Creative Director Elwen Rowlands and Head of Production and Finance Hayley Manning. Bonafide Films seeks to work with the best, most distinct, talent and find the strongest ideas, bringing brilliant drama to screens big and small. They pride themselves on close collaboration with Britain's foremost writers and directors alongside nurturing emerging talent. In addition to the projects that are currently in production and on the development slate, past productions have included crime serial Talking to the Dead, written by Emmy Award-winning writer Gwyneth Hughes, Nosferatu in Love, written and directed by BAFTA-winning writer Peter Straughan and comedy-drama Undercover for UKTV. www.bonafidefilms.co.uk
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