Lionsgate, A+E Networks ink pact

Home entertainment deal covers A&E, History, Lifetime

Lionsgate and A+E Networks have inked a global home entertainment distribution deal for the A&E, History and Lifetime channels.

The partnership spans A+E’s content catalog from “Storage Wars,” “Shipping Wars” and “Duck Dynasty” on A&E; to History’s “Pawn Stars,” “American Pickers” and “America, The Story of US;” to Lifetime’s “Dance Moms” and original movies. Pact covers over 1,000 hours of catalog programming including miniseries “Pride & Prejudice,” and classic series “Monty Python’s Flying Circus, “Farscape,” “Kids in the Hall,” and “Homicide: Life on the Street.” It includes A+E’s exclusive home entertainment distribution partnership with Major League Baseball for annual World Series Championship Film and World Series Collector’s Edition, featuring complete games from the World Series.

“The breadth and depth of A+E Networks content, including our hit shows, specials, and miniseries have propelled our home entertainment business over the past 21 years. From our award-winning packaging to our unique product configurations, A+E Networks has built a dynamic home entertainment label,” said Steve Ronson, exec VP, Enterprises at A+E Networks. “Lionsgate’s home entertainment leadership and track record for excellence in this space makes them an ideal partner for our brands. We look forward to working together on this new partnership.”

“We’re delighted to partner with A+E Networks as part of the continuing growth and diversification of our home entertainment business,” said Lionsgate co-COO and motion picture prexy Steve Beeks. “A+E Networks is the kind of entrepreneurial, dynamic and fast-growing company with whom we like to be in business. The growth trajectory of their channels is one of the biggest success stories in our industry today, and we expect them to be a rich, varied and exciting source of highly branded product for our home entertainment consumers for years to come.”