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 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
Chris (Cameron Monaghan) se acaba de divorciar y vive en Montana, en una mansión en la montaña. Conoce a la imponente Sky (Lilly Krug) en un centro comercial de la zona y sienten una gran conexión. No obstante, Chris empieza a sospechar que algo no va bien cuando la compañera de piso de Sky aparece muerta. La verdad no tarda en salir a la luz: Sky es una estafadora que le ha tendido una trampa. Lo tenía todo pensado, incluso su encuentro ‘fortuito’ en el centro comercial. Chris se queda atrapado dentro su casa y cuando su exmujer Jamie y su hija Willow le visitan, acaban siendo víctimas del mismo engaño. Los tres tendrán que poner a trabajar su ingenio si quieren salir con vida de la mansión.
“Pursuit” – exclusively free to stream beginning June 27
El detective Breslin se cruza con Calloway, un hacker despiadado desesperado por encontrar a su esposa que ha sido secuestrada por un cartel de la droga. Cuando Calloway escapa de la custodia policial, Breslin une fuerzas con una policía para recuperar a su prisionero. En el camino aparece el padre de Calloway, quien está involucrado de alguna manera en esta situación explosiva.
“Wolf Hound” – exclusively free to stream Fall 2022