Lionsgate Television

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Lions Gate Television Inc.
Headquarters Santa Monica, California
Key people
Kevin Beggs (TV Group chair)
Sandra Stern (TV Group president)[1]
Parent Lionsgate
Subsidiaries Debmar-Mercury
Sea to Sky Entertainment (JV)
Primal Media (JV)

Lions Gate Television is the television studio of Lions Gate Entertainment, an entertainment company.


The company was founded in 1997 with the establishment of Lions Gate Films. In 1998, they acquired documentary/reality production company Termite Art Productions, and was reacquired by Erik Nelson in 2004 and renamed Termite Art as Creative Differences.[2] By March 12, 1999, Lions Gate Television became an incorporated entity.[3]

On July 12, 2006, Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. expanded into television syndication when the company acquired television distribution company Debmar-Mercury.[4] Before the acquisition, Debmar-Mercury syndicated the Lionsgate film library. 20th Television is handling ad-sales to the series distributed by Debmar-Mercury[5] with the exception for Meet the Browns, as the ad-sales are handled by Disney-ABC Domestic Television and Turner Television co-distributing the series.

On March 13, 2012, Lionsgate Television formed a new 50/50 joint venture with Thunderbird Films, a company founded by Frank Giustra, who was the founder and chairman of Lionsgate. The new venture is called Sea to Sky Entertainment.[6][7][8]


The following is a partial list of the division's productions:

Title Years Network Notes
Hope Island 1999-2000 PAX TV co-production with Paramount Television and Paxson Entertainment
Tracker 2001–2002 Syfy
Jeremiah 2002-2004 Showtime co-production with MGM Television
The Dead Zone 2002–2007 USA Network co-production with Paramount Television
Lionsgate handles Domestic distribution rights through its division Debmar-Mercury in tandem with 20th Television, International distribution rights are handled by CBS Studios International
Missing 2003–2006 Lifetime
5ive Days to Midnight 2004 Syfy
Wildfire 2005–2008 ABC Family
Weeds 2005–2012 Showtime co-production with Showtime Networks
I Pity the Fool 2006 TV Land co-production with Left/Right Productions
The Lost Room 2006 Syfy
Lovespring International 2006 Lifetime
The Dresden Files 2007 Syfy
Hidden Palms 2007 The CW co-production with Outerbanks Entertainment
Mad Men 2007–2015 AMC co-production with Weiner Bros., Silvercup Studios
Speed Racer: The Next Generation 2007–2008
Nicktoons co-produced by Animation Collective
Fear Itself 2008 NBC
Crash 2008–2010 Starz
Nurse Jackie 2009–2015 Showtime co-production with Showtime Networks
Lionsgate handles Domestic distribution rights, International distribution rights are handled by CBS Studios International
Blue Mountain State 2010-2011 Spike co-production with Varsity Pictures
Detroit 1-8-7 2010–2011 ABC co-production with ABC Studios and Mandeville Television
Running Wilde 2010–2011 Fox co-production with Tantamount Studios, Principato-Young Productions and 5 Hole Pictures
Boss 2011–2012 Starz co-production with Grammnet Productions
Anger Management 2012–2014 FX co-production with Revolution Studios, Mohawk Productions and Twisted Television
Nashville 2012–present ABC/CMT co-production with ABC Studios
World of Timmy 2012-present YouTube co-production with DHX Media, Sparkling*, Stella Girl Productions Singapore Inc., Movie Agent and Teletoon

Lionsgate handles Domestic is the Academy Award winning co-directors of Ace Up His Sleeve

Orange Is the New Black 2013–present Netflix co-production with Tilted Productions
Deal with It 2013–2014 TBS co-production with Alevy Productions, Banca Studio and Keshet Broadcasting
Saint George 2014 FX co-production with Wind Dancer Films, Travieso Productions and 3 Arts Entertainment
Deion's Family Playbook 2014–present OWN
Chasing Life 2014–2015 ABC Family co-production with ABC Family Original Productions, Televisa International and Kapital Entertainment
Manhattan 2014-2015 WGN America co-production with Skydance Television and Tribune Studios
Partners 2014 FX co-production with Robert L. Boyett Productions, Runteldat Productions and Grammnet Productions
Ascension 2014 Syfy[9] co-production with Universal Cable Productions and Blumhouse Television
The Royals 2015–present E! co-production with Universal Cable Productions and Varsity Pictures
RocketJump The Show 2015–present Hulu
Feed the Beast 2016 AMC co-production with AMC Studios
Greenleaf 2016–present OWN
MacGyver 2016-present CBS co-production with Atomic Monster and CBS Television Studios
Dear White People coming 2017 Netflix
Graves coming TBA Epix[10]
Mars One reality TV show[11]
Dimension 404 Hulu[12]
New People Freeform[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rose, Lacey (August 16, 2015). "Lionsgate's Sandra Stern Upped to TV President, Talks "Showrunner Crisis" and "Lack of Opportunity for Women"". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  2. ^ Academy of Arts & Sciences Foundation - 2008 Panelist Bios
  3. ^ "LIONS GATE TELEVISION INC. (Entity Number: C2157214)". California Business Search. Califorina Secretary of State. Retrieved March 25, 2016.  horizontal tab character in |title= at position 43 (help)
  4. ^ "PR Newswire" Lionsgate Expands Into Television Syndication Business, Acquires Debmar-Mercury
  5. ^ "TV News Check" 20th Century TV to handle ad sales of both Debmar-Mercury shows for 2007 season. Retrieved on March 13, 2012
  6. ^ "Hollywood Deadline" Lionsgate In TV Venture With Frank Giustra Retrieved on March 13, 2012
  7. ^ "The Globe and Mail" Frank Giustra launches Sea to Sky Entertainment. the Globeand Mail. Retrieved on March 14, 2012
  8. ^ "Chicago Tribune" Lionsgate, Thunderbird pact for TV: Guistra reunites with company he founded Retrieved on March 14, 2012
  9. ^ "Ascension (Syfy)". The Futon Critic. Retrieved July 20, 2014. 
  10. ^ Pederson, Erik. "Susan Sarandon To Star In Epix Comedy 'Graves' Opposite Nick Nolte". Retrieved 2015-07-11. 
  11. ^ TV Teams with Mars One for Reality Series, Parabolic Arc, 17 March 2014.
  12. ^ Petski, Denise (February 10, 2016). "RocketJump's Sci-Fi Anthology Series 'Dimension 404' To Premiere On Hulu". Deadline. 
  13. ^ "Transgender Family Drama From Joel Silver & Don Roos In Works At Freeform". Retrieved March 22, 2016.  External link in |work= (help)

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