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Lionsgate inks deal with Russia’s West Company

Studio adds to output pacts around globe

Lionsgate has inked an output deal with West Company to distribute titles in Russia and the CSI, the studio’s latest in a string of output pacts around the globe.

Deal follows a boffo opening of subsid Summit Entertainment’s “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2,” distributed by West, that grossed $22 million on its opening weekend in the region.

“We’re delighted to expand and extend Lionsgate’s longstanding relationship with West Company in what has become one of our top territories,” said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairs Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger.

The companies have worked together before.

“We’re thrilled to continue working with Patrick, Rob and the entire Lionsgate team,” said Tigran Dokhalov, president of West. “This output agreement provides us with a consistent pipeline of some of the most commercially exciting films in the world from a studio that has emerged as a major force in the global marketplace.”

The deal with West adds to Lionsgate’s recent output agreements with leading partners Studiocanal in Germany, Nordisk in Scandinavia, Alliance’s Aurum Producciones in Spain, Metropolitan in France, Belga Films in Benelux and Roadshow Films in Australia, as well as a joint venture distribution partnership with IDC in Latin America.

Summit Entertainment will continue its longstanding output agreement with Central Partnership in the CIS.