Lionsgate Extends Distribution Deal With Nordisk in Scandinavia

1:29 PM PST 05/06/2014 by Scott Roxborough
Summit Entertainment
"Divergent"

The new multiyear agreement will see Nordisk handle the "Divergent" franchise as well as the final two "Hunger Games" movies in the Nordic region.

Lionsgate has extended its distribution deal with Nordisk Film, inking a new multiyear deal with the Danish mini-major that will see Nordisk continue to handle all of Lionsgate's titles for Scandinavia.

Nordisk just released Divergent across Scandinavia and was Lionsgate's Nordic partner for the first two Hunger Games films.

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Under the new deal, announced Tuesday, Nordisk will take Scandinavian rights for the final two Hunger Games films, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay parts one and two, well as the remaining three titles in the Divergent franchise: Insurgent and Allegiant, which is being split into two films.

Other titles included under the output deal are Now You See Me 2, Gods of Egypt and crime thriller Child 44, directed by Swedish helmer Daniel Espinosa (Safe House).

"Lionsgate and Summit have enjoyed a tremendous relationship with Nordisk over the years, partnering on nearly 200 films, including the launch of the Twilight, Hunger Games and Divergent franchises,” said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairs Patrick Wachsberger and Rob Friedman in a statement. “We’re delighted to celebrate the renewal of our output deal with our strongest and most diverse slate ever, and we look forward to expanding our partnership with Nordisk on the production front as well.”

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Nordisk Film's general manager of independent films, Peter Philipsen added: “Lionsgate has emerged as a powerful creative force in the global marketplace, and their slate is loaded with tentpole franchises, strong brands and star-driven event films with breakout commercial potential. We look forward to working with Patrick, Rob, Andrew and the rest of the Lionsgate team to elevate our longstanding partnership to the next level.”

Lionsgate has output deals in place in virtually all major territories in the world. According to the company's own estimates, its output deals cover 80 percent of the world's moviegoing population outside of India and China. Lionsgate releases its titles itself in the U.K., through a joint venture in Latin America and via a partnership in the Celestial Tiger platform to China and Southeast Asia.

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