Roku Channel, Lionsgate Close Multiyear Theatrical Output Deal

By Jessica Lerner 

The Roku Channel and Lionsgate have closed a multiyear theatrical output deal, starting with the studio’s 2022 theatrical releases.

Roku Channel will receive two separate windows for each picture under the terms of the arrangement, the first of which will grant exclusive access to Lionsgate’s film slate immediately following its initial window on Starz.

The agreement will include properties such as the blockbuster John Wick action franchise, Expendables 4, Borderlands, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, White Bird: A Wonder Story and The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.


“This agreement affirms the great demand for first-run studio movies across a broad array of platforms,” said Jim Packer, Lionsgate president of worldwide television distribution, in a statement. “This partnership with The Roku Channel shows our ability to capitalize on opportunities in today’s complex television landscape with a multifaceted, layered approach that meets everyone’s needs.”

This is the Roku Channel’s first theatrical output deal.

“We are pleased to expand our relationship with our longstanding partner Lionsgate to provide our audience with exclusive first-time, free access to Lionsgate’s theatrical slate,” said Rob Holmes, vice president of programming at Roku. “This innovative approach creates value for both parties, and most importantly provides the millions of streamers on The Roku Channel with the opportunity to enjoy these compelling titles via this unique window.”