Amazon Prime Video nabs Lionsgate rights
James R | On 14, Nov 2019
Amazon Prime Video has acquired the first streaming rights to Lionsgate films in the UK.
The multi-year deal, which begins on 1st January 2020, will enable Prime members in the UK, or those subscribing to the monthly standalone Prime Video service offer, to access Lionsgate hits such as Angel Has Fallen, Rambo: Last Blood and The Personal History of David Copperfield. The agreement also encompasses anticipated upcoming Lionsgate films such as the critically-acclaimed Knives Out, the action epic Midway and the buzzy Bombshell.
The deal is something of a coup for Amazon, with Netflix previously the exclusive first streaming home of the distributor’s titles in the UK, thanks to a deal that it signed when it first launched on British soil, offering such titles such as The Expendables 2 and The Hunger Games. It also arrives as the two rival platforms move to step up their own content libraries, with growing competition from players such as Disney and BBC and ITV’s BritBox, who are looking to take back the streaming rights to their own titles rather than syndicate them out to SVOD services.
“We’re excited to be bringing Lionsgate’s slate of compelling movies to Prime Video,” says Martin Backlund, Head of Content UK, Prime Video. “Our customers will be delighted that Lionsgate’s Hollywood and British blockbuster movies are coming to Prime Video.”
“We’re delighted to expand our longstanding relationship with Amazon to bring our films to their Prime Video service in the UK,” adds Lionsgate President of Worldwide Television & Digital Distribution Jim Packer. “It is a great new collaboration with an important content partner in the worldwide arena, underscoring the breadth and depth of the Lionsgate slate.”