Lionsgate Signs Output Deal with France's Metropolitan Filmexport


TORONTO - Lionsgate’s latest output agreement with major world distributors is with Samuel Hadida’s Metropolitan Filmexport in France.

The French partner will release Lionsgate titles in that European market, building on a longstanding relationship between the Canadian-based mini-studio and Metropolitan.

The deal was unveiled Wednesday by Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairs Patrick Wachsberger and Rob Friedman, who came to Lionsgate via their merger with Summit Entertainment and have since been building out its international distribution network.

Metropolitan recently released The Hunger Games for Lionsgate in France, and is cementing its relationship with the mini-studio.

"Lionsgate has emerged as a major force in the global marketplace, and we are proud to have handled most Lionsgate films in France for the past several years. This agreement assures our audiences of a continuing steady pipeline of some of the most commercially exciting films in the world,” Metropolitan founders Samuel Hadida and Victor Hadida said in a statement.

Lionsgate in recent months has hammered out similar output deals with StudioCanal in Germany, Nordisk Films in Scandinavia, Alliance's Aurum Producciones S.A. in Spain and Roadshow Pictures in Australia.

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