Vimeo is teaming up with Lionsgate to launch a new global TV store.
The video streaming site has long offered films and series on-demand for viewers to purchase, download and rent, particularly from its thriving community of creators and filmmakers, but is the first time the site has partnered with a major Hollywood studio to stream TV shows.
Lionsgate will supply Vimeo with “virtually its entire catalogue” of television series, led by the blockbuster Orange is the New Black, the Golden Globe-nominated dramedy Casual, the hit series The Royals, the Emmy Award-winning drama Mad Men and other titles, including Weeds, Nurse Jackie, Boss, Blue Mountain State and Manhattan.
“We’re proud to launch Vimeo’s first ever transaction-based global television store with Lionsgate’s acclaimed television series,” says Barry Diller, Chairman and Senior Executive of Vimeo parent company IAC. “Their television slate includes nearly 80 series on 40 different networks, and they are a great partner with whom to kick off a service that will bring premium scripted shows from the US to our hundreds of millions of viewers around the world. They are the first of many top Hollywood studios we expect to attract in the months to come.”
“Our collaboration with Barry Diller and Vimeo is the latest example of our commitment to partner with world-class platforms to serve online, next generation consumers,” adds Lionsgate Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer. “We’re proud to be the exclusive launch partner of platforms such as Vimeo that are transforming the face of entertainment and bringing our content to consumers around the world through an expanding array of touchpoints.”
The service will officially launch on October 18th at the MIPCOM 2016 Global Market in Cannes and will be available in over 150 countries around the world at the same time. Lionsgate movie titles will be added to the Vimeo service for rental in the US subsequent to launch.