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LIONSGATE AND COMCAST PARTNER TO CREATE IMMERSIVE MULTI-PLATFORM MOVIE EXPERIENCES
SANTA MONICA, Calif. and PHILADELPHIA, July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) and Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK) today announced the expansion of their partnership to create uniquely immersive multi-platform experiences for digital consumers, beginning with the launch of an app for the motion picture Divergent.
With more than four hours of state-of-the-art bonus features and interactive content, the Lionsgate-designed iOS app, which is free to every Divergent fan via the iTunes App Store, includes an authenticated premium experience available to Xfinity customers with the purchase of the film through the Xfinity On Demand digital store.
Xfinity customers will be the first to enjoy Divergent movie scenes from multiple angles, walk the red carpet from the comfort of their living rooms with 360-degree camera views that make them feel as if they are at the premiere, embark on a virtual reality audio experience during a Dauntless initiation and explore the film's fashion through interactive flipbooks. Divergent is available in the Xfinity On Demand digital store, which has consistently been one of the top digital retailers in the U.S., and via digital retailers nationwide two weeks ahead of the blockbuster's August 5 DVD and Blu-ray debut.
The announcement continues the successful partnership formed last year when Lionsgate became one of the first studios to provide digital content for purchase on Xfinity. As part of this ongoing collaboration, Lionsgate will roll out additional title-specific apps built around upcoming releases featuring premium digital content available to Xfinity customers.
"We have been working with Lionsgate and all of our studio partners to launch a product that allows producers, directors, writers, designers and engineers to explore and create next generation digital experiences that expand and extend the life of digital franchises across platforms for Xfinity customers," said Matt Strauss, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Video Services, Comcast Cable. "We are providing studios with a platform to enhance the digital ownership experience by continually adding new content and experiences for customers that will immerse them in the worlds of these films like never before, first on their favorite mobile devices, and soon on the TV via X1."
"We're constantly exploring ways to use new content-gathering technologies to extend our franchises for digital platforms," said Lionsgate President of Worldwide Television & Digital Distribution Jim Packer. "Franchises like Divergent create visually rich landscapes lending themselves to a whole new way of storytelling. The development of theDivergent app and its premium content specifically for mobile devices is just one of the ways we're monetizing our brands and driving demand for EST."
"The app does a wonderful job of expanding the world of Divergent and creating a rich and immersive experience for our fans," said Lucy Fisher and Doug Wick of Red Wagon Entertainment, who are producing the Divergent series. "We're particularly excited that this is a life cycle app that will follow the trajectory of the entire Divergent franchise, and it showcases Lionsgate and Comcast at their innovative and visionary best."
Xfinity customers who purchase Divergent from the Xfinity On Demand digital store and download the free iOS app can sign-in to the app using their Xfinity credentials to unlock over 250 minutes of premium online content including behind the scenes footage and exclusive red carpet content captured at Divergent's Los Angeles premiere with 360-degree cameras. Enhanced content for Xfinity customers, combined with the app's generally available content, create more than 61/2 hours of interactive value-added material for Divergent fans. Next year, Xfinity subscribers with X1 will be able to access the Divergent app, and subsequent apps, as an Internet app on the TV through their X1 set-top box.
The app also features state-of-the-art DTS Headphone: X technology, enabling fans to share a surround sound experience using any brand of headphones, marking one of the first times this ground-breaking technology has been included in the special features of a home entertainment release.
The Divergent app is a "life cycle" app that follows the movie not only from theatrical through home entertainment release and beyond but is designed to meet the demands of fans throughout the entire trajectory of the franchise. The next film in the Divergent series, Insurgent, will be released worldwide on March 20, 2015.
Divergent stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Academy Award winner Kate Winslet and Ashley Judd in a thrilling action adventure set in a dangerous future world divided into factions where Tris, who is Divergent and will never fit into any one group, and Four, an instructor for the militant Dauntless faction, uncover a mind-bending conspiracy that will put their courage to the ultimate test and forever link their destinies. The first Divergent film has already grossed nearly $300 million at the global box office, and the Divergent series of books has sold more than 25 million copies.
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. Lionsgate currently has over 30 television shows on more than 20 networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses, including such critically-acclaimed hits as the multiple Emmy Award-winning Mad Men and Nurse Jackie, the comedy Anger Management, the network series Nashville, the syndication success The Wendy Williams Show and the critically-acclaimed hit series Orange is the New Black.
Its feature film business has been fueled by such recent successes as the blockbuster first two installments of The Hunger Games franchise, The Hunger Games and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the first installment of the Divergent franchise, Now You See Me, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, Warm Bodies, The Expendables 2, The Possession, Sinister, Roadside Attractions' Mud and Pantelion Films' breakout hit Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.
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.
About Comcast Cable:
Comcast Cable is the nation's largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. Comcast has invested in technology to build an advanced network that delivers among the fastest broadband speeds, and brings customers personalized video, communications and home management offerings. Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.
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