Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Lionsgate Acquires Starz: Why the Studio Wants the 'Outlander' Network

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Lionsgate Acquires Starz: Why the Studio Wants the 'Outlander' Network

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Studio Lionsgate is purchasing Starz, the TV network best known for hits like "Outlander" and "Power."

Lionsgate is best known in film for such franchises as the "Hunger Games" series, the "Divergent" movies, and the "Expendables" films.

Like many other cable networks, Starz began moving forward with original TV series in the last several years, creating such shows as the "Spartacus" TV series.

The TV network debuted the historical drama "Outlander" in 2014, which has gone on to set ratings records for the network. The show "Power," which centers on a man (Omari Hardwick) who is in charge of a nightclub but also has another identity as a well-known drug dealer, has also experienced good numbers for viewers.

Meanwhile, Lionsgate is far from a stranger to TV. Hit shows like "Orange Is the New Black" and "Mad Men" have aired on TV networks like Netflix and AMC, respectively, but Lionsgate produced them and helped bring them to the screen.

It is also currently producing such programs as "Greenleaf" on OWN, Hulu's "Casual," and ABC's "Nashville" (which was recently canceled but which will return on CMT). …

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