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Viacom 18 Takes Lionsgate’s ‘La La Land,’ ‘Deepwater Horizon’ in India

Viacom 18 Motion Pictures has signed a five-movie distribution agreement in India with Lionsgate, starting with Mark Wahlberg’s “Deepwater Horizon.”

The exclusive deal will also cover the romantic musical comedy “La La Land,” starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone; Wahlberg’s Boston Marathon bombing drama “Patriots Day”; the “Power Rangers” reboot; and the thriller “Nerve,” starring Emma Roberts and Dave Franco.

Deepwater Horizon” and “Nerve” have already been released in the United States, while “La La Land” and “Patriots Day” will open in December. “Power Ranger” bows on March 24 in the U.S.

Viacom 18 Motion Pictures is a part of Viacom 18, which a joint venture between Viacom and Reliance Industries’ Network 18 media company. It’s handled distribution of Paramount’s movies in India, including “Daddy’s Home” and “10 Cloverfield Lane,” along with local titles “Drishyam,” “Gabbar Is Back,” “Margarita, With a Straw,” and “Manjhi: The Mountain Man.”

Disney’s “The Jungle Book” set a record earlier this year as the top English-language performer in India with more than $36 million.

Morris Street Advisors Pvt. Ltd, which represents Lionsgate in India, facilitated the collaboration between Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Lionsgate.

Ajit Andhare, chief operating officer of Viacom18 Motion Pictures, said, “It has been our endeavor to get the best of Hollywood for the growing Indian audience for English films. Partnering with Lionsgate is an important step in that strategic direction. With titles like ‘La La Land,’ ‘Deepwater Horizon,’ and ‘Nerve’ in the list, we promise refreshingly compelling content for the growing fan-base of Hollywood movies in India.”

Lionsgate Executive Vice President of International Sales Wendy Reeds said, “This is a territory with tremendous box office potential, and we expect these five eagerly-anticipated films to resonate with Indian moviegoers all year long.”

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