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Disney lands Lionsgate films for Hulu, FX

Keanu Reeves in John Wick

Disney has struck a deal to secure rights to Lionsgate movies for US streamer Hulu and cable network FX, replacing their previous home on US cablenet Epix.

Lionsgate films produced in 2020 and 2021, set to include I Still Believe and a spin-off from horror movie Saw, will make their linear outings on FX, with Hulu taking streaming rights.

Both services are now part of Disney, which acquired FX as part of its deal with 21st Century Fox and took full control of the OTT offering earlier this year.

Movies from Lionsgate’s Summit label, such as the fourth film in the Keanu Reeves-starring action franchise John Wick, are not included and will continue to air on HBO.

Epix was previously jointly owned by Lionsgate, Viacom and MGM until 2017, when the latter studio became the sole owner.

Lionsgate films are expected to move onto its own cablenet, Starz, and its sibling streaming service from 2021, according to US site The Information, which broke the news. Lionsgate, Hulu and FX did not comment on the story.

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