Lionsgate wants to launch a streaming service for geeks

According to Deadline Hollywood, the new service, which doesn’t yet have a launch date, will feature original content and movies from Lionsgate and partner studios. The decision makes a modicum of sense on paper. As comics and fandoms have become increasingly mainstream in recent years, Comic-Con International’s importance to the industry and fans has only exploded, making it Ground Zero for new content every summer. Lionsgate notes that 17 of the 20 best-performing films of last year had a presence at Comic-Con, and since the company effectively owns Young Adult fiction at the movies that doesn’t involve capes and magic hammers, making an aggressive play for fans’ eyes and money is smart. – Kwame Opam, The Verge