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Lionsgate and StudioCanal renew library deal

StudioCanal to distribute next instalment of The Hunger Games franchise, Catching Fire in German speaking territories.

Lionsgate renewed is long-term agreement to distribute more than 2000 StudioCanal titles and sold German rights for the next instalment of The Hunger Games, Catching Fire to the European studio.

Under the Hunger Games deal, StudioCanal will distribute Catching Fire in German-speaking territories. The first film in the franchise, made more than $24 million at the box office in German-speaking territories. The picture is approaching $650 million at the world box office.

“Our StudioCanal partnership has been an important part of our growth around the world, and we believe that they will become an even more important part of our future,” said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairs Patrick Wachsberger and Rob Friedman and Motion Picture Group President Steve Beeks.  

StudioCanal chairman Olivier Courson said: “Lionsgate has always been a great partner. In the US they have distributed our library, from Grand Illusion to Terminator 2. They had a great success with Last Exorcism, opening it to over $20 million.”

The StudioCanal library includes DVD, television, on demand and digital rights to some of the top titles from the former Carolco and DEG libraries, including Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Total Recall and Rambo as well as classic such as Tender Mercies and French masterpieces such as Jean Renoir’s Grand Illusion.

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