Sylvester Stallone Web Series 'Soul Survivor' in the Works (Exclusive)
Lionsgate, which already has partnered on three Internet TV shows, is working on another one starring Sylvester Stallone, CEO Jon Feltheimer said Wednesday.
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Lionsgate has already sold to Hulu Plus a Canadian drama called Endgame, Orange Is the New Black from Weeds creator Jenji Kohan to Netflix and Bite Me! to Machinima.
The Stallone project, an animated show that Lionsgate is negotiating to make with Reliance, would be called Soul Survivor, about a last-of-his kind mercenary. It doesn't yet have an online home. Lionsgate released Stallone's recent hit The Expendables and will handle his upcoming sequel.
Feltheimer disclosed the project while speaking Wednesday at the Milken Institute Global Conference during a panel discussion that included News Corp. deputy chairman and COO Chase Carey, Sirius XM Radio CEO Mel Karmazin and Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick.
Kotick said more gamers now play socially against each other than they do alone, which means potential growth for the video game industry. Then he said, perhaps a little bit tongue in cheek, that even left-leaning political movements offer opportunity.
“I spend a lot of time in France, where the work weeks get shorter and the government programs keep getting greater,” he said. “People will have a lot more leisure time if we keep moving socialism across the world.”
As the audience of several hundred laughed, Feltheimer said, “You said you wouldn’t go there."
Karmazin talked about how satellite radio will evolve more slowly than other technologies because it is dependent on slow-moving car companies. He said, for example, that he’s in discussions with automakers that are working on advances that won’t be seen until 2016.
Also during the panel, Carey defended the practice of cable and satellite companies selling bundled packages of channels rather than an a la carte system. Bundles have “a lot more value than perceived," he said. Those that are clamoring for a la carte services are under the impression that 10 channels cherry-picked by a consumer would cost one-tenth the price of a bundled package containing 100 channels, which wouldn’t be the case, Carey said.
“The bundle’s a pretty good value."