Lionsgate Television

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Lionsgate Television
Founded1997; 22 years ago (1997)
Key people
Kevin Beggs (chair)
Sandra Stern (president)
Sea to Sky Entertainment (JV)
Primal Media (JV)
Footnotes / references

Lionsgate Television is the television division of Lions Gate Entertainment, an American entertainment company.


The company was founded in 1997 as Lions Gate Television, Inc. 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, Inc. 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]


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  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. California Secretary of State. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  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

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