Lionsgate and A+E Networks Ink Home Entertainment Distribution Deal

6:48 AM PST 08/14/2012 by Etan Vlessing
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A scene from "Storage Wars."

The Canadian mini-studio will handle popular series like "Storage Wars," "American Pickers" and "Pawn Stars."

TORONTO – Lionsgate has inked a deal with A+E Networks to handle home entertainment distribution of programming from the U.S. broadcaster, including product from A+E, History and Lifetime.

Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer mentioned the partnership in passing during last week’s latest analyst call following release of the first quarter results.

Filling out the details on Friday, Lionsgate said the distribution deal will cover popular A+E Networks programming like Storage Wars, Shipping Wars and Duck Dynasty from A&E, History’s Pawn Stars, American Pickers and America The Story of US, and Lifetime’s Dance Moms and original movies.

“We’re delighted to partner with A+E Networks as part of the continuing growth and diversification of our home entertainment business,” Lionsgate co-COO and motion picture group president Steve Beeks said in a statement.

Elsewhere, Lionsgate bolstered its home entertainment distribution arm by acquiring Summit Entertainment and recently pacted to distribute the Miramax library in North America.

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