Lionsgate Signs Movie Output Deal With Disney's Buena Vista For Russia


The Disney division adds 'Sicario' and Francis Lawrence's 'The Odyssey' to its regional release slate after 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2' bows on Nov. 19.

Lionsgate has inked a new output deal with Buena Vista International to release the studio's movie titles in Russia and the CIS territories.

Terms of the supply deal were not disclosed, but the agreement replaces a previous output deal with Russia's West Country for the distribution of Lionsgate titles in the region. Before giving the Disney division the rights to upcoming titles from the Canadian-based studio, Lionsgate earlier partnered with Buena Vista International to release The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 in Russia and several former Soviet countries in Eastern Europe from Nov. 19.

As Lionsgate brings on board a new Russian output deal partner, Buena Vista International will now release the upcoming revenge thriller Sicario, Francis Lawrence’s adventure fantasy The Odyssey, the live action Saban’s Power Rangers film and the film adaptation of the Hasbro property Monopoly.

Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment earlier partnered with Buena Vista International on the Japanese releases of Red, Step Up, Source Code and The Tree of Life. "We’re thrilled to expand our relationship with Buena Vista International through this output agreement in a major territory with enormous upside," Lionsgate motion picture group co-chairs Patrick Wachsberger and Rob Friedman and Lionsgate International COO Andrew Kramer said Wednesday in a joint statement.

Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label will continue its separate theatrical output deal with Central Partnership for the Summit theatrical slate in Russia and the CIS. The Russian deal with Buena Vista International is the latest in Lionsgate's whirlwind world tour and follows similar output arrangements with distributors in Belgium, Germany, Scandinavia, Spain, France and Australia.

Lionsgate releases its own titles in the U.K.