Lionsgate pacts with Roadshow

Oz pact includes 'Hunger Games' pics

Lionsgate has forged a long-term Aussie output deal with Roadshow Films, Village Roadshow’s distribution arm, as part of the studio’s strategy to pact with leading distributors around the world.

“We are delighted to expand Lionsgate’s longstanding relationship with Roadshow Films to encompass our full slate of Lionsgate films,” said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairs Patrick Wachsberger and Rob Friedman. The two companies have partnered in Australia before on numerous pics including the first “Hunger Games.” Thursday’s pact includes the next three pics in that franchise.

“We’re thrilled to extend and expand our relationship with Patrick, Rob and the entire Lionsgate team,” said Joel Pearlman, managing director of Roadshow Films. “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 first “Hunger Games” generated $31 million in Australia, one of the best-performing territories in the international marketplace. Lionsgate and Village Roadshow also worked together on the recent Australian releases of Lionsgate’s “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” and “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.”

The agreement complements Summit Entertainment’s continuing output deal with eOne. Summit was acquired by Lionsgate in January 2012, but the Lionsgate and Summit labels remain separate.

At the Lionsgate shareholders meeting on Tuesday in Toronto, CEO Jon Feltheimer announced a new output deal with Alliance’s Spanish distribution company, Aurum. He said similar deals would be unveiled in the next few weeks for Australia, Germany, Latin America, Russia, Poland and Korea.

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