April 5, 2019
Lionsgate has announced a joint venture with Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, partner James Weaver and their Point Grey Pictures to produce multi-platform content.
PGP content includes Blockers, Neighbors, Sausage Party, The Night Before, This is the End, the television shows “Future Man,” “Black Monday,” and “Preacher,” as well as Lionsgate’s pending romantic comedy Long Shot, starring Rogen and Charlize Theron, which won the Audience Award in the Headliners section of SXSW and will be released in the U.S. and select markets on May 3 before expanding worldwide.
PGP will continue to operate autonomously under Rogen, Goldberg and Weaver’s leadership while working closely with Lionsgate’s executive teams to develop content for the company’s motion picture, scripted and unscripted television, digital and location-based entertainment businesses.
“Seth, Evan and James are visionary entrepreneurs and three of the greatest storytellers in the business,” Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer said in a statement. “We look forward to a partnership that turbocharges the continued ramp up of our film and television slates, while creating exciting opportunities across our entire portfolio of businesses.”
“From our days at Mandate and Good Universe [which Lionsgate acquired in 2017] to our experience working with them here at Lionsgate, we have had the pleasure and privilege of working with Seth, Evan and James on some of their most iconic films and we could not ask for more incredible or collaborative creative partners,” Joe Drake, motion picture group chairman, and Nathan Kahane, president of motion pictures added in a joint statement.
Drake and Kahane’s relationship with the Point Grey team included collaboration on comedies Neighbors, This is the End, and The Night Before, as well as the dramedy 50/50, Academy Award-nominated The Disaster Artist (starring James Franco), and Blockers, among others.
The collaboration is the latest in a string of partnerships Lionsgate has formed with content creators, including the recent pact with 3 Arts Entertainment, the first-ever deal between a major Hollywood studio and a talent management and production company.