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Lionsgate Signs Licensing Pact with HBO Europe for Premium Drama Series

Variety logo Variety 6/20/2017 Elsa Keslassy
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Lionsgate has signed a licensing pact with HBO Europe to have a number of premium Lionsgate and Starz titles air on HBO across Central and Eastern Europe, the Nordics and Spain.

The deal was unveiled today by Peter Iacono, Lionsgate’s president of international television and digital distribution, at the start of NATPE Budapest, the four-day TV market.

The package includes leading Starz original dramas “The White Princess” (pictured above), which kicked off in the U.S. in April and garnered high ratings, as well as “The White Queen” and Lionsgate’s series “Graves.”

“With this package of very strong titles from Lionsgate, we are pleased to be providing our dedicated series fans with a new batch of wide-ranging premium programming,” said Ragnhild Thorbech, senior vice president of programming and acquisitions for HBO Europe.

Lionsgate had previously licensed the series “Casual,” “American Lion” and “Dimension 404” to HBO Europe.

Iacono said the deal continued Lionsgate’s “long partnership with HBO for premium programming to serve their viewers in the Nordics, Spain, and Central and Eastern Europe.”

“The deal marks a great kickoff to the NATPE Budapest market, which we enter with a massive library and a deep pipeline of brand-new scripted and unscripted series including ‘Candy Crush,’ ‘The White Princess,’ and ‘Kicking and Screaming,'” Iacono said.

Lionsgate’s slate of new titles also includes “10 Days in the Valley,” a drama series starring Kyra Sedgwick (“The Closer”) that was introduced at the L.A. Screenings, and “Dirty Dancing,” a three-hour musical event based on the cult film, starring Abigail Breslin, Debra Messing, and Colt Prattes.

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