Lionsgate, Skydance Team on Global TV Distribution

Lionsgate and Skydance have formed a global television distribution pact to launch Skydance International, which will include Skydance’s “Grace and Frankie” and “Manhattan.”

The partnership, announced Monday at Mipcom, will feature Skydance Media’s current and emerging premium TV properties worldwide following their initial U.S. broadcast. Lionsgate currently distributes nearly 2,000 hours of television programming annually around the globe.

The pact will also cover new properties that Skydance is developing for the international television marketplace, including “Lore,” which is executive produced by McG and written by Zack Stentz (“X-Men: First Class”), and “Madness of Angels,” inspired by Kate Griffin’s six-book fantasy series. The project is executive produced by “Divergent” helmer Neil Burger, who is also directing, and written by Ben Vanstone.

“We’re thrilled to expand our partnership with Skydance Media, one of the hottest and most dynamic film and television studios in the industry,” said Jim Packer, Lionsgate president of worldwide television and digital distribution. “The Skydance brand is synonymous with big, bold, quality entertainment events, and their television slate complements our global distribution pipeline.”

“We’ve worked hard to create premium, branded content that will resonate with audiences worldwide, and this new partnership with Lionsgate will accelerate our ability to distribute our shows far and wide across platforms and around the globe in conjunction with the launch of Skydance International,” Skydance Media Founder and CEO David Ellison said in a statement.

Sony Pictures TV exec Brandon Zimon has been hired to the Skydance Media team as senior VP of international television sales and co-productions. Zimon had worked with Sony Pictures Television for over a decade, most recently as VP of international distribution, handling “The Blacklist” and “Breaking Bad” in addition to overseeing third-party acquisitions and co-productions.

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