Magazine article Screen International

Lionsgate's Jim Packer Talks Netflix Series Orange Is the New Black, Endgame Series 2 and New Pilots

Magazine article Screen International

Lionsgate's Jim Packer Talks Netflix Series Orange Is the New Black, Endgame Series 2 and New Pilots

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Screen talked to Jim Packer, Lionsgate president of worldwide television and digital distribution during MIPTV.

Lionsgate Television recently enjoyed season-best ratings for hit series Mad Men. However, the company is equally excited about new partnerships with digital platforms Netflix and Hulu.

About Netflix's originally commissioned series Orange is the New Black, the prison-set comedy from Weeds creator Jenji Kohan, Packer said: "We are waiting to find the right lead - a big actress known internationally and in the US. The show will be multi-million dollar per episode and will feel like a network show."

"It will have multiple story arcs and have a binge quality which fits the Netflix model well."

Orange is the New Black, an adaptation of Piper Kerman's memoir about life in a women's prison, will be Netflix's third foray into original programming [not including the recommission of Arrested Development].

Packer said Netflix was a "great new digital partner" for Lionsgate, which has also recently found a firm friend in SVOD service Hulu, who picked up series one of acclaimed crime-drama Endgame starring Shawn Doyle. …

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