January 21, 2021
Starz Jan. 21 announced plans to expand into Indonesia through branded subscription streaming video service Lionsgate Play. The service is a partnership launched last month between Lionsgate India and Starz — the latter also co-owning streaming service StarzPlay Arabia.
Guntur Siboro has been hired as GM, with Gene Tamesis named VP of business development and partnerships. The two, who previously worked for now shuttered HOOQ Digital, report to Rohit Jain, managing director South Asia and networks — emerging markets Asia at Lionsgate.
With a population of 260 million, Indonesia will become the newest territory added to the Starz global footprint, which currently includes 55 countries. Lionsgate Play has distribution deals with Vodafone Idea, Bharti Airtel, Jio FTTH, Apple TV+ and Amazon Firestick. Lionsgate Play also develops and produces a slate of premium Indian originals.
“Indonesia is one of the fastest growing economies with a very young and globally connected population, and it has experienced huge growth in its digital economy owing to the surge of high speed Internet,” Jain said in a statement, adding that Lionsgate Play content will also be available with Bahasa subtitles.
Starz first launched globally in 2018 with its Starzplay SVOD now available in 55 countries throughout Europe, Latin America, Canada, Japan, India, the Middle East and North Africa.