Beijing and Santa Monica – Global entertainment company Lionsgate and Jiaflix Enterprises have announced a multiyear licensing agreement for classic Lionsgate and Summit films and selected new releases to be available for transactional and subscription video on demand (TVOD and SVOD) on M1905.com, China’s official streaming website. Jiaflix and its venture partner, M1905, operate an internet-delivered programming service and supply content to M1905.com, the official internet subsidiary of China Movie Channel/ CCTV6.
The announcement was made by Lionsgate President of Worldwide Television & Digital Distribution Jim Packer and Jiaflix principals Sid Ganis, former studio executive and former President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Marc Ganis and Kenneth Huang.Under terms of the agreement, Jiaflix subscribers will be able to view titles including The Twilight Saga – Eclipse, Palme d’Or winner The Tree of Life, Princess Bride and the evergreen classic Dirty Dancing, among others.
“We’re pleased to be in business with our friend Sid Ganis and the entire team at Jiaflix,” said Packer. “This agreement reflects our continuing commitment to monetising our library and licensing our motion picture and television content to the large and growing Chinese marketplace.” Packer noted that the agreement is the latest in a series of deals licensing hundreds of Lionsgate films and nearly 1,000 hours of television programming in China.
“We’re delighted to be in business with an innovator and global content leader like Lionsgate,” said Ganis. “This exciting new agreement is a major step in furthering Jiaflix’s plan to provide the best selection of Chinese and international films to its subscribers in China.”
M1905’s director and Vice President Longfei Liang, added, “Our website becomes even more attractive to movie fans with the addition of these important Lionsgate and Summit titles, and our audience continues to grow as we present great Chinese and Western films.”
M1905 is the wholly owned subsidiary of the China Movie Channel within China’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television. China Movie Channel is China’s largest television buyer of international movies and has agreements with nearly all of the major movie studios. M1905 sub-licenses domestic Chinese films to a number of video web sites in China.