Lionsgate and Bell Media Reach TV Series Co-Development Deal – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate and Bell Media of Canada deepen their ties and sign an agreement to co-develop comedy and drama television series for the global market.

A multi-year deal will see Lionsgate become the worldwide distributor outside of Canada for select Bell original programming produced in English and French, including those co-developed. In Canada, Bell owns the distribution rights.

The duo plan to find “one-of-a-kind” projects that are “relevant and relevant to audiences around the world”, with their deal building on Canada’s international hits such as Schitt’s Creekthat Lionsgate, domiciled in Canada, sells in the United States

The two companies already know each other very well. Bell has entered into a long-term agreement to distribute Lionsgate’s first paid window of theatrical releases in Canada, while Lionsgate’s Starz gaming platform has launched in the country via Bell.

Additionally, Bell’s streaming service, Crave, is the exclusive Canadian home for shows from Lionsgate Television and HBO Max. Naughtywith Ophelia Lovibond and Jake Johnson, and Love life, starring Anna Kendrick and William Jackson Harper. Lionsgate recently struck an overall deal with a breakout comedy NaughtyCreator, showrunner and screenwriter Ellen Rapoport.

“We are thrilled to extend our long-standing partnership with Bell Media, the team behind some of Canada’s most acclaimed original programming,” said Jim Packer, president of Lionsgate Worldwide Television Distribution. “Canadian series resonate with global audiences, and Bell Media is a leader in creating shows that work in Canada, the United States and around the world. This agreement allows us to create strategic value by meeting the ever-increasing demand for content internationally while strengthening our position as a leading creator and distributor of premium scripted content for the Canadian market.

“We are pleased to work with Lionsgate to build on our productive partnership with the development and distribution of curated original content, globally,” said Karine Moses, Senior Vice President, Content Development and News, and Vice -President, Quebec.