Family Drama ‘Gigi & Nate’ Due on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 15

The family drama Gigi & Nate arrives on Blu-ray plus digital and DVD Nov. 15 from Lionsgate.

Directed by Nick Hamm (Driven, The Journey, The Hole), Gigi & Nate is inspired by actual events.

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In the film, Nate (Charlie Rowe) suffers a near-fatal illness and is left a quadriplegic just weeks before departing for college. As Nate tries to adjust to his new life challenges, his mother (Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden) helps him bring home an unlikely service animal Gigi — a curious and intelligent capuchin monkey. Nate and Gigi form an unbreakable bond, but when it’s threatened by a group trying to outlaw capuchins, Nate’s family rallies behind him to help him regain what he needs most: hope.

Special features include a photo gallery and the theatrical trailer.

 

Kevin Beggs Signs New Employment Agreement as Lionsgate Television Group Chair and Chief Content Integration Officer

Lionsgate Oct. 4 announced it has signed a new long-term employment deal with Kevin Beggs to continue as Lionsgate Television Group Chair and Chief Content Integration Officer.

The announcement comes as Lionsgate Television recently reported one of its best years, with 14 new shows picked up to series and 15 current series renewed for additional seasons.  The studio has more than 100 scripted and unscripted series spanning its Lionsgate Television, Pilgrim Media Group, Debmar-Mercury and 3Arts Entertainment platforms.

Kevin Beggs

“Kevin and his team have done a great job in building Lionsgate Television into a world-class supplier of valuable premium content to buyers throughout the ecosystem,” Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer said in a statement.  “Kevin is a trusted partner whose entrepreneurial, innovative and collaborative approach reflects our culture at its best.  Under his leadership, our television business is positioned to continue growing its profitability and strengthening its respected brand.”

Beggs has recently shepherded the renewal of Lionsgate’s three current broadcast network series, “Home Economics” (ABC), “Welcome to Flatch” (Fox) and “Ghosts” (CBS), the biggest new network comedy series in the past four years.  Other breakout series under his leadership include “Love Life,” “Minx and Julia” at HBO Max, “Mythic Quest” and “Acapulco” at Apple TV+, several new series for AVOD platforms and a slate of 15 series airing or in the pipeline at Starz, including three installments of the Power Universe (“Raising Kanan” and “Force”), “Dangerous Liaisons,” “Blindspotting” and the critically-acclaimed, “The Serpent Queen” (in collaboration with 3Arts) and “P-Valley”.

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As chief content integration officer, Beggs spearheads “Lionsgate 360” initiatives creating cross-platform opportunities for dozens of the studio’s properties.  These include the John Wick origin story, “The Continental,” recently licensed to NBCUniversal’s Peacock platform, the television series “Step Up,” “Blindspotting” and “Swimming with Sharks,” all adapted from Lionsgate film properties, and “The 1619 Project,” in partnership with Pulitzer Prize winner Nikole Hannah-Jones, Oprah Winfrey and The New York Times, which includes a docuseries for Hulu, several feature film projects and scripted series in development and a planned multicity exhibition.

Beggs and Lionsgate Television Group President Sandra Stern have led television production for 20 years, one of the longest-running leadership teams in the industry.  Beggs’ contract renewal also rounds out the solidification of Lionsgate Television’s creative leadership team, with Scott Herbst, EVP & Head of Scripted Development, Lee Hollin, EVP & Head of Current Programming, and Jocelyn Sabo, SVP of Scripted Development, all signing new deals recently.

During his 24-year Lionsgate tenure, Beggs shepherded eight seasons of the multiple Emmy Award winner “Mad Men,” seven seasons of Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black,” eight seasons of “Weeds,” and six seasons of “Dead Zone”.

Lionsgate Looking to Spin Off Studio Biz, Rebrands Starzplay as Lionsgate+

Lionsgate is now looking to spin off its studio business, in addition to the previously disclosed Starz separation. In a regulatory filing, Santa Monica, Calif.-based Lionsgate said that as negotiations progress on the separation of the Starz and studio business, interest in spinning off the latter’s theatrical, TV production and home entertainment businesses increased.

“We have increased our focus on the possibility of spinning our studio business, creating a number of financial and strategic benefits,” Lionsgate said in a statement.

The studio business segment generated revenue of $711 million in the most-recent fiscal quarter. Segment profit topped $70 million. Home entertainment revenue topped $186 million. Revenue from Lionsgate’s 17,000-title film and television library was $749 million for the trailing 12 months through June 30.

Separately, Lionsgate announced that its Starz-branded international streaming service, Starzplay, launched in 2018, is rebranding as Lionsgate+ in 35 countries with a new look and graphics package rolling out on Sept. 29.

Starz will remain the brand name in the United States and Canada. Brand names for StarzPlay Arabia along with South and Southeast Asia’s Lionsgate Play will remain in place.

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“Operating under Lionsgate+ internationally brings a distinct and differentiated identity in an increasingly crowded international marketplace and builds on the brand equity in the Lionsgate name that our extensive research has proven is strong around the world,” Jeffrey Hirsch, president/CEO of Starz, said in a statement.

Lionsgate+ subscribers have access to a library of exclusive, premium content that includes original series premiering globally on the same day as the U.S., including political thriller “Gaslit,” the upcoming series “Dangerous Liaisons,” along with a series set in the universe of the “Power” franchise.

The platform is also home to Spanish language original series such as drama “Señorita 89,” sci-fi thriller “El Refugio,” crime drama “Express,” the genre-bending series “The Great,” and the action-thriller series “Gangs of London,” among others.

Since its initial launch, coupled with its StarzPlay Arabia joint venture, Starz’s global footprint has expanded into 63 countries throughout Asia, Canada, Europe, Latin America, MENA and South and Southeast Asia.

Lionsgate+ branded markets include:

  • Europe: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and U.K.
  • Latin America: Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela
  •  APAC: Australia and Japan
  • Markets with unique Starz branding include:
  • Asia: South and Southeast Asia (Lionsgate Play)
  • North America: U.S. and Canada (Starz)
  • MENA: All territories (StarzPlay Arabia)

Lionsgate Releasing ‘Origins of Hip-Hop’ Docuseries on DVD Nov. 22

Lionsgate will release the docuseries Origins of Hip-Hop on DVD Nov. 29.

Narrated by Grammy-winning rapper Nas, the eight-part documentary series delves into the stories of some of hip-hop’s most celebrated and groundbreaking artists in their own words.

Origins of Hip-Hop features interviews with dozens of acclaimed artists and music industry veterans, as well as family and friends of the highlighted icons, plus never-before-seen archival footage.

The hour-long episodes chronicle the rise of eight culture-defining hip-hop legends across multiple generations and styles — including Busta Rhymes, Eve, Fat Joe, Grandmaster Flash, Ice-T, Ja Rule, Lil Jon and Uncle Luke — as they share the experiences that shaped their music and made them icons.

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Update 10/4/22: Street date changed from Nov. 22 to Nov. 29.

Psychological Thriller ‘Dig’ Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 8

Lionsgate will release the psychological thriller Dig on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Nov. 8. The film is already available for digital purchase.

Dig stars Thomas Jane as a man trying to piece together a life shattered by a road rage incident that killed his wife and left his teen daughter (played by Harlow Jane, Thomas Jane’s real-life daughter), deaf and resentful of him. Still hoping to mend things with her a year later, he accepts a contract for a high-paying demolition job in the desolate New Mexico sprawl outside Las Cruces. But when they arrive on site, they are taken hostage by a dangerous couple (Emile Hirsch and Liana Liberato) who will stop at nothing to retrieve what lies beneath the property, forcing the father and daughter to work together to outsmart their captors and survive the grueling night.

The Blu-ray also includes access to a digital copy of the film.

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Season 1 of CBS Series ‘Ghosts’ Heading to DVD and Blu-ray Nov. 29

Lionsgate will release Ghosts: Season One on DVD and Blu-ray Nov. 29.

The CBS sitcom, based on a British series of the same name, stars Rose McIver and Utkarsh Ambudkar as a couple who inherits a country estate and turns it into a bed & breakfast, only to discover it’s inhabited by the spirits of several former residents.

The cast also includes Richie Moriarty, Sheila Carrasco, Brandon Scott Jones, Danielle Pinnock, Rebecca Wisocky, Asher Grodman, Román Zaragoza, Devan Chandler Long.

The Blu-ray also includes access to a digital copy of the first season’s 18 episodes.

Season two premieres on CBS Sept. 29.

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Update 10/4/22: Street date changed from Nov. 22 to Nov. 29.

‘Clerks III’ Available for Digital Purchase Oct. 14, on Disc and VOD Dec. 6

Lionsgate will release director Kevin Smith’s Clerks III for digital purchase Oct. 14, and on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and VOD Dec. 6.

The film completes a trilogy that began with Smith’s 1994 directorial debut Clerks. and continued with 2006’s Clerks II. It is also the ninth entry in Smith’s View Askewniverse, his shared cinematic universe linked by Jay and Silent Bob (Jason Mewes and Smith) and named for his production company, View Askew.

Clerks III returns to the adventures of Dante (Brian O’Halloran) and Randal (Jeff Anderson) about 15 years after they purchased the Quick Stop convenience store. After Randal suffers a massive heart attack (based on Smith’s own real-life heart attack), he decides to make a movie about his life in the retail service industry (as depicted in the first two “Clerks” movies).

The cast also includes Trevor Fehrman, Austin Zajur, and Rosario Dawson.

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The film has made about $2.2 million during a limited Fathom Events theatrical run and a live roadshow tour presented by Smith himself.

Home video extras include the film’s trailer, deleted scenes, and a commentary by Smith, O’Halloran, Anderson, Fehrman and Zajur.

Extras exclusive to the Blu-ray will be the featurettes “The Clerks III Documentary” and “We’re Not Even Supposed to Be Here Today: 3 Decades of Clerks.“

The Blu-ray will also include access to a digital copy.

A 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook combo pack of Clerks III will be available exclusively at Best Buy.

Comedy ‘Summer Dropouts’ Due Digitally and on DVD Nov. 29

The comedy Summer Dropouts will be released via on demand, for digital purchase and on DVD Nov. 29 from Lionsgate.

The film follows Dave and his pop-punk band Summertime Dropouts, who are clean-cut, straight-edge kids looking for their big break. At a battle of the bands, Dave runs into his old high school crush Amy, and her own rock trio.

Summertime Dropouts stars up-and-comers Nicholas Podany, Crystal Lake Evans, Caleb Donahoe, Melanie Brook, Takaya Abdou Lloyd, Serena Laurel and influencer Josh Richards. The film also features an appearance by a Warped Tour mainstay — pop-punk band, Simple Plan.

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Alien Comedy ‘Earth Girls Are Easy’ Getting Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Treatment Nov. 8

Lionsgate Nov. 8 will release the 1988 comedy Earth Girls Are Easy on Blu-ray through its Vestron Video Collector’s Series specialty label.

The film stars Geena Davis as a dimwitted valley-girl manicurist whose sunbathing session is interrupted when a spaceship crashes into her pool. She soon befriends the occupants of the vessel — three furry aliens played by Jeff Goldblum, Damon Wayans and Jim Carrey — and gives them a makeover to appear human. With their new disguises, the extraterrestrial trio embarks on a wild weekend filled with partying, police pursuits and interplanetary love.

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Davis and Goldblum, who were married at the time, had previously starred together in The Fly. The film also represents early roles for Carrey and Wayans, who later appear together on the sketch comedy series “In Living Color” starting in 1990.

Extras include an audio commentary with co-writer Julie Brown, who also appears in the film; interviews with Brown, director Julien Temple, director of photography Oliver Stapleton, production designer Dennis Gassner and make-up supervisor Robert Clark; the featurette “Earth Girls Karaoke!”; a vintage interview with the late actor Charles Rocket; a vintage premiere night promo; behind-the-scenes footage; deleted scenes and outtakes; promotional material such as trailers, TV spots and radio spots; and still and storyboard galleries.

The Blu-ray also includes a code for a digital copy of the film.

 

 

Thriller ‘Devil’s Workshop’ Slated for Digital and Theatrical Release Sept. 30, on Disc Nov. 8

Lionsgate will release the psychological thriller Devil’s Workshop for digital purchase, VOD and in theaters Sept. 30, followed by a Blu-ray Disc and DVD release Nov. 8.

Emile Hirsch stars as a struggling actor who is desperate for a role as a demonologist. He contacts an expert in devil lore (Radha Mitchell) who forces him to confront his troubling past and perform dark rituals.

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