Lionsgate U.K. Takes Stake in Drama Producer Potboiler Television

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Zygi Kamasa

The company was founded by Andrea Calderwood ('The Last King of Scotland,' HBO’s 'Generation Kill') and Gail Egan’s ('The Constant Gardener').

Lionsgate U.K. said Thursday it has taken another step to ramp up its television business by buying a stake in Andrea Calderwood (The Last King of Scotland, HBO’s Generation Kill) and Gail Egan’s (The Constant Gardener) new TV drama producer Potboiler Television.

"Lionsgate will partner with the renowned producers on their expanding television slate and has also signed a first-look deal for global distribution of Potboiler’s television product," it said.

Financial terms and the size of the stake weren't disclosed.

The deal marks the latest step in the continued global expansion of Lionsgate’s television business. In the U.K., the company has recently invested in production companies Primal Media & Kindle Entertainment, co-financed the hit Channel 4 comedy Damned and hired ITV executive Steve November as creative director of U.K. Television.

Lionsgate and Potboiler Productions, who have collaborated on several successful film projects, including Alan Rickman’s  feature A Little Chaos, starring Kate Winslet and Matthias Schoenaerts, Trespass Against Us, a feature film slated for a March release in the U.K. starring Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson, and A Most Wanted Man, starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman and Rachel McAdams, released in the U.S. in partnership with Lionsgate’s sister company Roadside Attractions.

Said Zygi Kamasa, CEO of Lionsgate’s European office: “Lionsgate U.K. has a reputation for boldly supporting British product and talent, investing more in its home territory than any other distributor. This partnership with Andrea and Gail, two renowned film and television producers, and the Potboiler team deepens that commitment and extends both companies’ diversification into scripted television product created for a global audience.”

“Potboiler is an acclaimed film brand now bringing its focus to thought-provoking and entertaining television dramas with world-class talent,” said Lionsgate Television Group chairman Kevin Beggs. “This deal is a perfect example of the building blocks Zygi Kamasa and his team are assembling as they develop a robust television business alongside their premier film brand. We look forward to collaborating with them in creating premium-quality programming for audiences in the U.K., the U.S. and around the world.”