Lionsgate, Studiocanal and Miramax enter distribution deal

SANTA MONICA, Calif., VANCOUVER, British Columbia and PARIS --Lionsgate, Studiocanal and Miramax announced that they have entered into a worldwide home entertainment distribution deal. Under the long-term deal, Lionsgate and Studiocanal will distribute more than 550 titles from the Miramax film library via DVD, Blu-ray, EST and Internet Video On Demand (VOD), in addition to cable VOD internationally, the companies reported.

Miramax titles will be distributed in the United Kingdom and Europe through a partneship between Lionsgate and distributor Studiocanal. Lionsgate will partner with leading international distributor Studiocanal to distribute Miramax titles in the UK and Europe. The announcement was made by Steve Beeks, president and co-COO of Lionsgate, Olivier Courson, CEO of Studiocanal and Mike Lang, CEO of Miramax.

"We are pleased to expand our existing partnership with Lionsgate to encompass this exciting new venture with Miramax," said Courson. "The Miramax library features some of the best of American independent cinema, representing a wonderful mix of creative excellence, award winning films and commercial successes. The Miramax slate is a perfect fit for Studiocanal's core values and vision and we believe it will resonate with European audiences."  

The first home entertainment release under the deal will be "The Switch" in the U.S., the romantic comedy starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman, which will be released on Blu-ray, DVD, VOD and available for digital download on March 15.