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Lionsgate and Universal Music Group ink TV deal

First look deal will see TV projects drawn from UMG’s portfolio of labels, artists and music.

Lionsgate has joined forces with Universal Music Group for a multi-year first look TV deal which will see projects created from UMG’s portfolio of labels, artists and music.

Lionsgate and Polygram Entertainment – UMG’s film and television production and development division – will work together to combine the artistry, stories and recordings from the music company’s legendary labels including Capitol, Def Jam, Interscope, Island, Republic, Universal Music Nashville, Universal Music Latin Entertainment, Verve, Motown and Blue Note to produce programming.

In addition, UMG will produce soundtrack albums associated with projects created under this agreement.

“We’re thrilled to expand our relationship with Universal Music Group, one of the world’s most innovative music companies and home to some of the greatest musical talent and recordings in existence,” said Lionsgate Television group chairman, Kevin Beggs. “With Polygram, UMG has produced award-winning films and we can’t wait to see what we can accomplish together in television.

“We see so much opportunity for storytelling in the talent and properties that UMG represents, and we look forward to working together to bring these incredible stories to life in a way that resonates with a global audience.”

Michele Anthony, evp of UMG, added: “We’re excited to partner with Lionsgate, one of the premiere entertainment companies in the world, to create an unmatched opportunity for our artists and labels and the stories they inspire, as well as draw from the goldmine of genres, time periods and legendary figures represented by our rich and storied catalogue.”

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