Adds Summit label titles including Allegiant Part 2 to its slate. eOne previously handled distribution of Summit titles in the UK.
Lionsgate UK is to assume responsibility for the distribution of all Summit label films and will integrate them with the Lionsgate, third-party and locally-produced films it already distributes.
The expanded distribution will begin with Summit label films produced after July 2015.
The move follows last month’s announcement that Lionsgate has moved its international sales headquarters to London to be closer to its key international markets.
Lionsgate UK’s distribution of Summit releases will include such films as Allegiant Part 2, the fourth film in the Divergent franchise, which is slated to begin production in 2016 for worldwide release on March 24, 2017.
Lionsgate UK CEO Zygi Kamasa said the move would give the company greater control” over its content.
Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer added: “Combined with the recent relocation of our international sales operations to London, we are bringing significantly more content, resources and executive manpower to focus on our European markets.”
Distribution of Summit titles in the UK was previously handled by eOne Entertainment.
eOne and Lionsgate announced last week they are extending and expanding their partnership in three territories, with eOne continuing to distribute Lionsgate and Summit films in Canada and Spain and Summit titles in Australia through 2018.