Lionsgate Taps Disney for Movie Distribution in Russia

Lionsgate has signed an output deal with Disney’s Buena Vista International for distribution of Lionsgate movies in Russia and the rest of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

The agreement will start with Lionsgate’s thriller “Sicario” this fall and include Francis Lawrence’s adventure fantasy “The Odyssey,” the live action Power Rangers film and the movie adaptation of Hasbro’s Monopoly.

Lionsgate previously teamed with BVI on Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment films, including the Japanese release of “Red,” the “Step Up” films, and the Spanish and Japanese releases of “Source Code” and “Tree of Life.” Lionsgate and BVI previously announced that they will be launching the final installment of “The Hunger Games” franchise — “Mockingjay — Part 2” — on Nov. 19 in Russia and CIS.

Lionsgate’s output agreements include StudioCanal in Germany, Nordisk in Scandinavia, Metropolitan Filmexport in France, Leone Film Group in Italy, Belga Films in Benelux, eOne in Spain and Canada, and Roadshow Films in Australia, as well as a joint venture distribution partnership with IDC in Latin America.

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