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Lionsgate plans UK TV push

Mad Men producer Lionsgate is to expand its TV production business into the UK as part of a wider international push.

The company, which produces recent Netflix series Orange Is The New Black, Charlie Sheen’s Anger Management and country & western drama Nashville, is keen to grow its TV production business outside of the Us.

Managing director of international television Peter Iacono told ScreenDaily’s sister publication Broadcast that the company would like to replicate the success Lionsgate UK has had in film.

It has produced Jason Statham’s crime thriller Blitz, Keith Lemon: The Film and Alan Rickman’s forthcoming directorial debut A Little Chaos, which is co-produced with BBC Films.

“If we can do this in film, why can’t we do it in TV? It’s a natural evolution,” he said.

The company is in talks with potential co-production partners for drama and comedy projects, and is in early stage discussions with broadcasters.

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