Lion­s­gate

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With a quar­ter of its $1.5 bil­lion pro­duc­tion slate be­ing funded by China’s Hu­nan TV, com­bined with ac­cess to China dis­tri­bu­tion, it’s cu­ri­ous that the two com­pa­nies couldn’t find more to do to­gether. Lion­s­gate seems more in­ter­ested in im­prov­ing its po­si­tion in the U.S., in or­der to sell it­self to a stu­dio or cable gi­ant, than it does in China. Add Chi­nese cur­rency re­stric­tions and the fact that Hu­nan’s boss is be­hind bars, and the sit­u­a­tion fur­ther de­volves. The pact started in 2015 and runs for three years.

OUT­LOOK: Time’s up.

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