Lionsgate to Distribute Discovery DVDs, Starting With ‘Racing Extinction’

Discovery Communications has followed adult appropriation a interest in Lionsgate by drumming a studio to discharge a programming opposite all U.S. finished media platforms.

The long-term deal, covering DVD and Blu-ray placement of Discovery array and specials from network brands like Discovery Channel and TLC, is another sign Liberty Global’s John Malone’s courtship of The Hunger Games studio is usually growing.

The understanding starts with a Feb 23, 2016 Blu-ray and DVD recover of Racing Extinction, that debuted yesterday on Discovery Channel in some-more than 220 markets. Discovery and Liberty Global in Nov any paid $195 million for apart 3.4 percent stakes in a studio behind The Hunger Games franchise.

Those deals were accompanied by comments from heading Lionsgate, Discovery and Liberty Global execs that “strategic opportunities” were probable with a closer investment ties. Lionsgate on Thursday pitched a placement understanding with Discovery as fluctuating their “strategic relationship” denounced final month when Discovery acquired 5 million shares in a studio.

“We’re anxious to enhance a attribute with Discovery, home of some of a many sparkling brands on television, and gay to move their different and flourishing portfolio of programming to a home party consumers,” Lionsgate home party boss Ron Schwartz pronounced Thursday in a statement.

The betting is calm producers like Discovery and Lionsgate will secure scale and negotiating precedence by building closer ties, and carrying Malone spearheading some-more probable deals. Malone, who has a chair in a Lionsgate boardroom, owns a 29 percent interest in Discovery and a 25 percent interest in Liberty Global.

Discovery boss and CEO David Zaslav and Liberty Global boss and CEO Mike Fries were also named final month to join a Lionsgate boardroom. Lionsgate is also touted as a probable partnership partner for Starz, a compensate TV association led by Chris Albrecht in that Malone controls 33 percent of voting shares.