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Tubi Announces Exclusive, Multi-Year Deal to Stream Lionsgate Films

Matt Tamanini

Just weeks after announcing an exclusive deal to bring its first-run movies to the Roku Channel, Lionsgate has inked another deal with a free streaming service. The venerated studio will now be sending over 200 movies to Tubi, Fox’s free ad-supported streaming service.

Tubi

Tubi is a free video streaming service that includes on-demand access to 45,000+ movies and television shows - more than any other streaming service. Fox executives have called their service “TV on steroids.”

Tubi’s programming includes films and television series from Fox Entertainment, MGM, Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., NBCUniversal, Disney, and more.

The partnership will include 30 new feature films that will live exclusively on Tubi, including “Shattered,” starring John Malkovich, Frank Grillo, Cameron Monaghan, and Lily Krug, which is available now; “Pursuit,” starring John Cusack and Emile Hirsch, coming on June 27; and “Wolf Hound,” starring Trevor Donavan and James Maslow, which will be available in the fall.

Additionally, Lionsgate will bring more soon-to-be-announced, star-studded films to Tubi featuring Morgan Freeman, Bruce Willis, Mel Gibson, Anna Paquin, Martin Lawrence, and more.

“We’re thrilled to be expanding our long-standing partnership with Lionsgate,” Tubi’s chief content officer Adam Lewinson said. “Bringing together an exclusive free offering of thirty upcoming releases, as well as beloved movies and series from Lionsgate’s world-class content library, will deliver even more value to our viewers.”

The agreement between Lionsgate and Tubi includes titles that are not covered under the studio’s Pay One theatrical output agreement with its premium cable channel Starz. Last month, reports began circulating that Lionsgate was looking to spin off Starz into its own company with Roku as a potential minority owner.

As part of Roku’s deal with Lionsgate, announced earlier this spring, the free, ad-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) platform will receive films in two different windows. Following their theatrical releases, Lionsgate films will first go to Starz, but then will have an exclusive window on the Roku Channel, followed by a non-exclusive run.

“This agreement reflects our ability to have multiple bespoke content licensing deals with an expanding array of buyers in every part of the content ecosystem,” said Lionsgate President of Domestic Television Distribution Ryan Lowerre. “We’re pleased to expand our longstanding relationship with Tubi, a leader among AVOD platforms, to bring an exciting slate of star-driven multiplatform films to their viewers.”

Films encompassed by the agreement include, among many others:

“Shattered” – now available and exclusively free to stream

Shattered

January 14, 2022

Chris, a wealthy divorcee, lives in a high-tech house of his own design in Montana. His life changes when he meets Sky, a mysterious young woman who draws him out of his shell and moves in after Chris is injured.

“Pursuit” – exclusively free to stream beginning June 27

Pursuit

February 18, 2022

Detective Breslin crosses paths with Calloway, a ruthless hacker desperate to find his wife, who has been kidnapped by a drug cartel. When Calloway escapes police custody, Breslin joins forces with a no-nonsense female cop to reclaim his prisoner. But is Calloway’s crime-boss father somehow involved in this explosive situation?

“Wolf Hound” – exclusively free to stream Fall 2022

Wolf Hound

June 3, 2022

Inspired by the real-life German special operations unit KG 200 that shot down, repaired, and flew Allied aircraft as Trojan horses, “Wolf Hound” takes place in 1944 German-occupied France and follows the daring exploits of Jewish-American fighter pilot Captain David Holden. Ambushed behind enemy lines, Holden must rescue a captured B-17 Flying Fortress crew, evade a ruthless enemy stalking him at every turn, and foil a plot that could completely alter the outcome of World War II.

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