AGAPY KAPOURANIS PROMOTED TO PRESIDENT OF LIONSGATE INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION & DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION; PETER IACONO LEAVING TO LAUNCH OWN ENTREPRENEURIAL VENTURE
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Global content leader Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) has promoted Agapy Kapouranis to President of International Television & Digital Distribution, it was announced today by Lionsgate President of Worldwide Television & Digital Distribution Jim Packer, to whom she will report. She succeeds Lionsgate veteran Peter Iacono, who has decided to leave the studio to become CEO of TravelCadabra.
During her seven years with the Company, Ms. Kapouranis has structured a broad range of complex global and regional licensing deals encompassing the Company's films, television series, including alternative programming formats, and Starz original programming, to a broad range of digital and linear platforms around the world.
A versatile, well-rounded executive with broad experience in the subscription video-on-demand (SVOD), electronic sell-through (EST) and transactional video-on-demand (TVOD) space, Ms. Kapouranis joined Lionsgate in 2011. She first served as Senior Vice President of Television & Digital Distribution and was based in Paris for four years. In that capacity, she closed global digital EST deals with Apple, Xbox, Playstation and Google. She was later promoted to Executive Vice President of Worldwide Subscription Video on Demand, the position she held until her latest promotion.
Mr. Iacono has been part of the Worldwide Television & Distribution Group leadership team for nearly ten years, leading all international distribution, acquisitions, sales and marketing for Lionsgate's television and catalogue feature slate. He has led the Company's rapid growth internationally to become part of today's billion-dollar-a-year global distribution business, has helped grow the Company's digital and video-on-demand opportunities in the global marketplace, and recently spearheaded the Company's new Latin American first-run pay television deal with Amazon Prime.
"Having an executive with experience in all forms of global distribution such as Agapy gives Lionsgate an advantage as we continue to navigate a dynamic and fast-changing environment with our growing and evolving portfolio of content," said Packer. "She is the ideal executive to carry Peter's leadership of our international team into the future. Peter is a great international sales and marketing executive who has helped lead the charge as we've built a robust network of digital and linear relationships around the world. We wish him the very best in his entrepreneurial endeavors."
Added Iacono, "It's been a pleasure working with an innovative studio like Lionsgate for going on a decade where I've been fortunate to be surrounded by one of the best international sales and distribution teams in the business. It is time for a new adventure where I will be CEO of TravelCadabra an internet travel, entertainment and e-commerce platform launching in early 2019 for which we have been fortunate enough to secure up to $10 million in initial funding. It gives me great pleasure to pass the stewardship of Lionsgate brilliant international distribution team to such a talented and dynamic executive as Agapy as I venture on this entrepreneurial path."
The first major new studio in decades, Lionsgate is a global content leader whose films, television series, digital products and linear and over-the-top platforms reach next generation audiences around the world. In addition to its filmed entertainment leadership, Lionsgate content drives a growing presence in interactive and location-based entertainment, video games, esports and other new entertainment technologies. Lionsgate's content initiatives are backed by a nearly 17,000-title film and television library and delivered through a global sales and distribution infrastructure. The Lionsgate brand is synonymous with original, daring and ground-breaking content created with special emphasis on the evolving patterns and diverse composition of the Company's worldwide consumer base.
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