Lionsgate has expanded its partnership with European conglomerate Studiocanal for the distribution of Lionsgate feature films in Germany, Austria and Switzerland — starting with “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.”
The new deal includes “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Parts 1 & 2,” starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson; the action comedy “Mortdecai,” starring Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow and Ewan McGregor; and the “Power Rangers” franchise films. “Mockingjay 1” will be the first title in the new deal with its Nov. 20 release in Germany.
The companies said Lionsgate’s feature film slate is part of Studiocanal Germany’s new multiyear agreement with the ProSiebenSat.1 Group under which ProSieben has licensed exclusive TV rights to Lionsgate feature films for its free TV channels in Germany, Austria and German-speaking Switzerland.
The companies had announced an extension of their existing output deal in 2012.
Lionsgate motion picture group toppers Patric Wachsberger and Rob Friedman cited the previous deal in the expansion of “The Hunger Games” franchise.
“Studiocanal was a major contributor to ‘The Hunger Games’ franchise’s evolution into a global phenomenon, and we’re delighted to expand our productive long-term partnership with our friends at Studiocanal and ProSieben,” they said. “Thanks to their efforts, ‘Catching Fire’ more than doubled the box office performance of the first Hunger Games film in Germany, and we’re proud to partner with them in continuing to grow the franchise and bringing our strongest theatrical slate ever to German audiences.”