Lionsgate, Tribeca Teaming on Subscription VOD Service

Liongate and Tribeca Enterprises will launch a subscription video-on-demand service during the first half of next year.

Dubbed Tribeca Short List, the service will offer Lionsgate and Tribeca titles along with prestige films from around the world. Tribeca, which operates an annual film festival in the spring, will curate the pics along with contemporary cultural leaders.

New titles will be added on a weekly basis. No pricing, films or staff members were named in Monday’s announcement.

The unveiling of the Tribeca Short List comes a week after a pair of major announcements in the online subscription sector: HBO announced plans for a standalone over-the-top service, starting in 2015, while CBS introduced CBS All Access, which will give users access to past and current CBS programming for a monthly $5.99 fee.

“The launch of the Tribeca Short List service unites two powerful brands and underscores our commitment to collaborate with blue-chip partners around the world to deliver premium content to online audiences,” said Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer. “The Tribeca name resonates with movie aficionados everywhere, and our service will encompass a highly curated, diverse and prestigious portfolio of quality films.”

The new service will be based in New York and will be led by a general manager and a board consisting of Lionsgate and Tribeca executives as well as an advisory board.

“We are pleased to join with Lionsgate, a world-class brand synonymous with innovation and exciting, quality entertainment, to create a highly curated experience that disrupts the ‘more-is-more’ model in today’s streaming on-demand landscape,” said Jane Rosenthal, CEO of Tribeca Enterprises. “Tribeca Short List aims to be a service where you can see films you never got to watch, forgot to watch, and want to watch.”

Lionsgate, best known as home to the “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games” franchises, has over 16,000 titles in its library. It also owns part of specialty distributor Roadside Attractions, which has released prestige titles such as “A Most Wanted Man,” “The Skeleton Twins” and “Dear White People” this year and will open the Tommy Lee Jones-Hilary Swank drama “The Homesman” on Nov. 14.

Tribeca Film specializes in smaller indie releases. Its top 2014 grosser is Sofia Coppola’s “Palo Alto” with $767,732.

 

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