BRETT BURLOCK NAMED VICE PRESIDENT, CREATIVE AFFAIRS, OF
LIONSGATE®/THUNDERBIRD FILMS' JOINT TV VENTURE SEA TO SKY ENTERTAINMENT
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Feb. 6, 2013 /CNW/ - Sea to Sky Entertainment, the
television production and distribution joint venture between LIONSGATE ®
(NYSE: LGF), a leading global entertainment company, and Frank Giustra's
Thunderbird Films, has brought Brett Burlock onboard as Vice President,
Creative Affairs, it was announced today by Lionsgate Television Group
President Kevin Beggs and Thunderbird Films CEO Tim Gamble.
Formerly head of development for CTV, Burlock is based in Toronto and joins
Sea to Sky as it ramps up its efforts to become a full service studio
alternative for Canadian networks. While at CTV, Burlock was instrumental in
driving the critical and ratings success of the network's original production
slate, including "Flashpoint," "The Borgias," "The Bridge" and "Saving Hope."
"Brett is a highly creative executive with excellent industry relationships
and an impressive track record in developing exciting material for
television," said Beggs. "We anticipate a great collaboration as we work
together to diversify and expand our imprint in Canada."
"Brett's hiring represents a great opportunity for us to continue our push
into the cross-border and international co-production space. As business
models continue to emerge and evolve, Sea to Sky is extremely well-positioned
to help bring the next generation of hits to our networks," said Gamble.
Burlock added, "I look forward to working with the accomplished people at
Lionsgate and Thunderbird to attract the best talent and help foster
innovative and compelling content for our network partners in Canada, the US
Sea to Sky Entertainment already has a number of projects in development,
including a television series based on novels by "Gone Baby Gone" author
Dennis Lehane and a limited television series based on the book "An Uncommon
Youth," a first-person account of the events surrounding the John Paul Getty
III kidnapping in 1973.
Lionsgate is a leading global entertainment company with a strong and
diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television
programming and syndication, home entertainment, family entertainment, digital
distribution, new channel platforms and international distribution and sales.
The Company has built a strong television presence in production of primetime
cable and broadcast network series, distribution and syndication of
programming and an array of channel assets. Lionsgate currently has 26 shows
on 19 networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication
businesses, including such critically-acclaimed hits as the multiple Emmy
Award-winning Mad Men, Weeds and Nurse Jackie, the new comedy Anger
Management, the network series Nashville, the syndication successes Tyler
Perry's House of Payne, its spinoff Meet the Browns, For Better Or Worse, The
Wendy Williams Show, Are We There Yet? and the upcoming Orange Is The New
Black, an original series for Netflix.
Its feature film business has been fueled by such recent successes as the
blockbuster first installment of The Hunger Games franchise, the 13(th)
highest-grossing North American release of all time, The Twilight Saga
Breaking Dawn – Part 2, which has grossed more than $800 million at the
worldwide box office, The Expendables 2, The Possession, Sinister, The Cabin
in the Woods, Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection and Arbitrage. With
the January 2012 acquisition of Summit Entertainment, the Company has now
added the blockbuster Twilight Saga franchise, which has grossed more than
$3.3 billion at the worldwide box office, to its current slate, giving the
Company the two premier young adult franchises in the world. Recent Summit
hits include Red, Letters to Juliet, Knowing, the Step Up franchise and the
Academy Award-winning Best Picture, The Hurt Locker.
Lionsgate's home entertainment business is an industry leader in box
office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rate. Lionsgate handles
a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 15,000 motion picture and
television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves
as the foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The
Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality
entertainment in markets around the world.
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