Lionsgate is really throwing its hat into the SVOD ring. Its latest OTT effort comes via a partnership with actor/comedian Kevin Hart and his digital production unit, Hartbeat Digital. The service, dubbed Laugh Out Loud, will be the exclusive home for all content created by Hart outside of his live performances and film roles. (The partnership will also see the production of a new social media adventure game developed by the company Fifth Journey, which Hart will write and star in.) This marks Lionsgate’s third major OTT effort; The company partnered with Tribeca Enterprises on the Tribeca Shortlist movie service, and, on May 7, will launch a Comic-Con-themed channel in partnership with Comc-Con International. Suffice to say, not only are Lionsgate’s OTT efforts piling up – they’re diverse, probing a wide range of niches and audience interests. The OTT space may be crowded, but Lionsgate clearly still sees plenty of opportunities.
E! has opted not to renew The Royals. However, according to Deadline, the network’s only remaining scripted series is being shopped by its leading producing studio, Lionsgate TV, and talks are underway with Pop for a possible fifth season pickup.
HGTV picked up a second season of Boise Boys. The series delivered solid ratings in its freshman run, helping the network consistently rank as the #1 cable network among upscale women 25-54 in its Thursday 11p timeslot.
Big changes ahead for the Davis Cup. The ITF AGM today voted in favor of reforms to the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas designed to “secure the long-term status of the competition.” Starting next year, the competition will see 18 nations and the world’s best players compete in a week long season finale to crown […]
The quest for the College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy is literally getting animated, courtesy of a partnership between ESPN and Marvel that sees the launch of four comic book covers that feature school mascots facing off over Labor Day weekend. This will mark the fifth consecutive year that the two companies have teamed up […]
USA Network is not picking up Shooter for a fourth season. Currently in season three, the drama is averaging 471,000 viewers A18-49 and 1.5 million total viewers in Live+3 Nielsens. The show, based on the novel Point of Impact, has had its challenges, including a delayed debut prompted by real-life shootings, and a shortened second […]