Lionsgate Home Entertainment

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Lionsgate Home Entertainment
Type Division
Industry Home entertainment
Predecessor(s) Vidmark Entertainment
Trimark Home Video
Founded 1984 (as Vidmark Entertainment)
1997 (as Trimark Home Video)
2000 (as Lionsgate Home Entertainment)
Products Care Bears
Saw
The Hunger Games
The Twilight Saga
Duck Dynasty
The Expendables
Parent Lions Gate Entertainment

Lionsgate Home Entertainment is the home video and DVD distribution arm of Lions Gate Entertainment.

Background[edit]

Lionsgate formed its own video distribution label in the US after acquiring Trimark Pictures and its in-house home video label in 2000. Before that, the company's video releases were distributed by Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In 2003, Lionsgate acquired Artisan Entertainment, thus expanding Lionsgate's home video library. Its library of more than 8000 films owes some of its size to output deals with other studios. Mainly concerned with the distribution of the Lions Gate film library, it also distributes Mattel's Barbie-branded videos, as well as Clifford the Big Red Dog videos from Scholastic and Stickin' Around videos from Nelvana. Lionsgate Home Entertainment also currently distributes videos from HIT Entertainment,[1] MGA Entertainment,[2] and Jim Henson Home Entertainment.[3]

In 2001, in Quebec, it was renamed Crystal Films, and in Ontario and other provinces, Maple Pictures.

Lionsgate Home Entertainment also operated two subsidiaries in its early heyday: Avalanche Home Entertainment, which released smaller Canadian B-movies on video and DVD; and Sterling Home Entertainment (a joint venture with Scanbox International, a Danish film company), which released American low-budget movies, as well as DiC Entertainment's back catalogue (before distribution of this library was shifted to Shout! Factory in 2005), on video and DVD. Both subsidiaries were dissolved in 2005.

Lionsgate Home Entertainment movies are released on DVD and Blu-ray.

Lionsgate Home Entertainment titles are currently distributed by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment,[4] with the exception of Summit Entertainment releases, which are distributed by Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

On August 4, 2008, Lionsgate announced that it had completed a deal with ABC Studios to acquire the distribution rights to several shows including According to Jim, Reaper, Hope & Faith, 8 Simple Rules and Boy Meets World.[5]

Until 2012, Lions Gate also distributed most of the theatrical properties held by Republic Pictures on DVD under license from Paramount Pictures. The deal also expanded to include some non-marquee films originally released by Paramount themselves. Recently, with the folding of Republic, Lionsgate's function was transferred to Olive Films.

On February 11, 2011, Lionsgate, in conjunction with StudioCanal, made a deal with Miramax Films to distribute over 550 titles from the Miramax film library worldwide.[6][7]

TV series[edit]

Lionsgate Television[edit]

ABC Studios[edit]

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HIT Entertainment[edit]

Universal Television[edit]

Other series[edit]

Past names[edit]

  • Vidmark Entertainment (1984-1997)
  • Trimark Home Video (1997-2000)
  • Family Home Entertainment (1980-2005)
  • U.S.A. Home Video (1983-1986)
  • International Video Entertainment (1986-1990)
  • Live Home Video (1990-1995)
  • Live Entertainment (1995-1998)
  • Artisan Entertainment (1998-2004)
  • Vestron Video (1981-1992)

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