Lionsgate Television

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Lionsgate Television
FoundedJuly 1997; 25 years ago (July 1997)
Key people
Kevin Beggs (chair)
Sandra Stern (president)
Sea to Sky Entertainment
Pilgrim Media Group
Footnotes / references

Lionsgate Television is the television division of Lionsgate, which is a CanadianAmerican entertainment company.


The company was established in July 1997 as Lions Gate Television, Inc. with the establishment of Lionsgate Films. It acquired documentary/reality production company Termite Art Productions in June 1998 and was then reacquired by Erik Nelson in September 2004 and officially renamed Termite Art as Creative Differences.[2][3][4] The company acquired Mandalay Television in 1997,[5] before acquiring a minority investment in Mandalay Entertainment outright before splitting in 2002.[6] Lionsgate later sold off its shares in Mandalay Television in 1999.[7]

By March 12, 1999, Lions Gate Television, Inc. became an incorporated entity.[8][9] In 2003, Lionsgate and New Line Television set up a partnership to provide 20 motion pictures designed for television.[10] On July 12, 2006, Lionsgate expanded into television syndication when the company acquired television distribution company Debmar–Mercury.[11][12] Before the acquisition, Debmar–Mercury syndicated the film library of Lionsgate.

20th Television handled advert sales to the series distributed by Debmar–Mercury with the exception of Meet the Browns, as the advert sales are handled by Disney–ABC Domestic Television and Turner Television co distributing the series.[13]

On March 13, 2012, Lionsgate Television formed a new joint venture of 50/50 with Thunderbird Films, the company founded by Frank Giustra who was the founder and chairman of Lionsgate. The new venture was then called “Sea to Sky Entertainment”.[14][15][16] More recently, Lionsgate and Walin Chambers Entertainment renewed its overall deal.[17] Another overall deal more recently is The Tannenbaum Company.[18]



  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 25 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Lions Gate to buy Termite". Variety. 19 June 1998. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Lionsgate locks in docs". Variety. 27 September 2004. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  4. ^ "Television Academy Foundation". Archived from the original on 2 June 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  5. ^ Enchin, Harvey (1997-09-12). "Guber takes TV partner". Variety. Retrieved 2022-01-04.
  6. ^ Hontz, Jenny (1998-04-15). "Miller roars into Lions Gate". Variety. Retrieved 2022-01-04.
  7. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (1999-04-20). "LG, Mandalay TV split". Variety. Retrieved 2022-01-04.
  8. ^ "Lions Gate offering locks in $16.5 mil". Variety. 2 March 1999. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  9. ^ "LIONSGATE TELEVISION INC. (Entity Number: C2157214)". California Business Search. California Secretary of State. Archived from the original on March 15, 2015. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  10. ^ Dempsey, John (2003-01-14). "NL, Lions Gate team on TV pic pact". Variety. Retrieved 2022-01-04.
  11. ^ "Lionsgate Expands Into Television Syndication Business, Acquires Debmar-Mercury". PR Newswire (Press release). 12 July 2006. Archived from the original on July 29, 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  12. ^ "Lionsgate Expands into Television Syndication Business, Acquires Debmar-Mercury". Archived from the original on 30 June 2017. Retrieved 14 March 2012.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  13. ^ "20th Century TV to handle ad sales of both Debmar-Mercury shows for 2007 season". 11 January 2007. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
  14. ^ "Lionsgate In TV Venture With Frank Giustra". Deadline. 13 March 2012. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
  15. ^ "Frank Giustra launches Sea to Sky Entertainment". The Globe and Mail. 14 March 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2012.
  16. ^ "Lionsgate, Thunderbird pact for TV: Guistra reunites with company he founded". Chicago Tribune. 14 March 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2012.
  17. ^ White, Peter (8 December 2020). "Lionsgate Extends Overall Deal With 'House Of Ho' Producers Katy Wallin & Stephanie Bloch Chambers". Deadline. Retrieved 10 December 2020.
  18. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (6 April 2021). "Eric And Kim Tannenbaum Re-Up Overall Deal With Lionsgate Television". Deadline. Retrieved 6 April 2021.

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