Lionsgate and Skydance Media Form Global Television Distribution Pact

Launch of Skydance International Augments Lionsgate’s Worldwide Distribution Pipeline with Roster of Premium Television Properties

SANTA MONICA, Calif., and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Oct. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a premier next generation global content leader, and Skydance, a diversified media company that creates event-level entertainment for global audiences, today announced that the two companies have formed a global television distribution pact. The launch of newly-created label Skydance International, which will feature Skydance Media’s current and emerging premium television properties around the world following their initial U.S. broadcast, augments Lionsgate’s worldwide distribution pipeline and permits the two companies to tap opportunities across the global television marketplace.  Lionsgate currently distributes nearly 2,000 hours of television programming annually around the world.

The global distribution pact will encompass programming led by Skydance’s Emmy-nominated television series Grace and Frankie and critically-acclaimed drama Manhattan (produced in partnership with Lionsgate and Tribune Studios), as well as a number of new properties that Skydance is developing for the international television marketplace. These include Lore, which is executive produced by McG (Supernatural) and written by Zack Stentz (X-Men: First Class), and Madness of Angels, which is inspired by Kate Griffin’s six-book fantasy series. The project is executive produced by Neil Burger (Limitless, Divergent), who is also slated to direct, and written by rising star UK-based writer 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 Lionsgate President of Worldwide Television & Digital Distribution Jim Packer. “The Skydance brand is synonymous with big, bold, quality entertainment events, and their television slate complements our global distribution pipeline. We’re excited to partner with them on all forms of global distribution, from the traditional to the disruptive, and we’ll focus on innovative deals that reflect today’s dynamic television ecosystem.

“We believe joining together with Lionsgate – one of the most cutting-edge and creative content companies in the world – will strongly position the Skydance Media brand for success as we make our debut in the international television marketplace,” said Skydance Media Founder and Chief Executive Officer David Ellison. “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.”

“As part of today’s announcement, we are excited to welcome Brandon Zimon to the Skydance Media team as Senior Vice Present of International Television Sales and Co-Productions,” added Skydance Chief Operating Officer Jesse Sisgold. “In this important new role, Brandon will be responsible for collaborating with Lionsgate to expand the reach of our new and existing television properties around the world and for independently executing international television acquisitions for Skydance Media. “

Zimon joins Skydance Media from Sony Pictures Television, where he spent over a decade, most recently as Vice President of International Distribution. He was instrumental in driving the value of a wide catalogue of shows, including the global hit The Blacklist and the Emmy-winning series Breaking Bad, in addition to overseeing third-party acquisitions and co-productions, including the international distribution rights to the Emmy-winning series, Transparent. Zimon reports directly to Sisgold.

ABOUT LIONSGATE
Lionsgate is a premier next generation global content leader with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms, video games and international distribution and sales. Lionsgate currently has more than 30 television shows on over 20 different networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses, including the critically-acclaimed hit series Orange is the New Black, the multiple Emmy Award-winning Mad Men and Nurse Jackie, the broadcast network series Nashville, the syndication success The Wendy Williams Show,the critically-acclaimed drama Manhattan and the breakout series The Royals.

Its feature film business has been fueled by such recent successes as the blockbuster first three installments of The Hunger Games franchise, the first two installments of the Divergent franchise, The Age of Adaline, CBS/Lionsgate’s The DUFF, John Wick, Now You See Me, Roadside Attractions’ Love & Mercy and Mr. Holmes, Lionsgate/Codeblack Films’ Addicted and Pantelion Films’ Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.

Lionsgate’s home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rates. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 16,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company’s core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.

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ABOUT SKYDANCE
Skydance is a diversified media company founded by David Ellison in 2010 to create elevated, event-level entertainment for global audiences. The Company brings to life stories of immersive worlds across platforms, including feature film, television, gaming and digital. Among Skydance Media’s commercially and critically successful feature films are Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Terminator Genisys, World War Z, Jack Reacher, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Star Trek Into Darkness and True Grit. Its 2015 feature films, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and Terminator Genisys have together grossed over $1 billion at the worldwide box office. Skydance’s future feature film slate includes Star Trek Beyond, the follow-up to Jack Reacher and Geostorm. The Company’s Emmy-nominated television series are Grace and Frankie on Netflix and Manhattan on WGN America.

www.skydance.com

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Jane The Virgin And Zoo Coming To Netflix Members Around The World

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Sept. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Netflix and CBS announced today an agreement to make Netflix the exclusive subscription streaming home of two hit series, Zoo and Jane The Virgin, in more than 50 countries around the world.

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The first season of Zoo is now available on Netflix in the U.S., and in the coming months will be available in all Netflix territories. On Monday, October 12, season one of Jane The Virgin will launch in the U.S., the same day season two premieres on the CW Network. Jane will be available later in 2015 or 2016 in all countries Netflix operates, except Canada.

“We’re thrilled to offer our members these hit CBS series,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer at Netflix. “Both shows are delightfully entertaining and will find a big audience across the more than 50 countries where Netflix is available.”

“We’re excited to partner with Netflix around the world for these two excellent, CBS-produced series,” said Armando Nunez, President and CEO, CBS Global Distribution Group.  “Both Zoo and Jane The Virgin have already generated excitement in the U.S. and internationally, and we look forward to expanding their audience to Netflix members globally.”

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Zoo is the most-watched scripted summer series of 2015 and is based on the #1 bestselling novel by James Patterson about a wave of violent animal attacks against humans that sweeps the planet. The series stars James Wolk as Jackson Oz, Kristen Connolly as Jamie, Billy Burke as Mitch, Nora Arnezeder as Chloe, and Nonso Anozie as Abraham. The series is produced by CBS Television Studios.

Jane The Virgin is the critically acclaimed series following Jane Villanueva, played by 2015 Golden Globe Award winner, Gina Rodriguez, a working, religious young Latina virgin woman, who becomes pregnant after being artificially inseminated by mistake. The series also stars Justin Baldoni as Rafael, Brett Dier as Michael, Andrea Navedo as Xiomara, Yael Grobglas as Petra, Ivonne Coll as Alba and Jaime Camil as Rogelio. The second season will premiere on October 12 and is produced by CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television, in association with Electus.

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About Netflix:
Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) is the world’s leading Internet television network with over 65 million members in over 50 countries enjoying more than 100 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

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About CBS Corporation:
CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS) is a mass media company that creates and distributes industry-leading content across a variety of platforms to audiences around the world. The Company has businesses with origins that date back to the dawn of the broadcasting age as well as new ventures that operate on the leading edge of media. CBS owns the most-watched television network in the U.S. and one of the world’s largest libraries of entertainment content, making its brand — “the Eye” — one of the most recognized in business. The Company’s operations span virtually every field of media and entertainment, including cable, publishing, radio, local TV, film, and interactive and socially responsible media. CBS’s businesses include CBS Television Network, The CW (a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment), CBS Television Studios, CBS Global Distribution Group (CBS Studios International and CBS Television Distribution), CBS Consumer Products, CBS Home Entertainment, CBS Interactive, CBS Films, Showtime Networks, CBS Sports Network, Pop (a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Lionsgate), Smithsonian Networks, Simon & Schuster, CBS Television Stations, CBS Radio and CBS EcoMedia. For more information, go to www.cbscorporation.com.