Screenshot 2019 07 01 At 12 22 03


Liberty Global and Lionsgate partner for The Rook

Premium Drama & Show Tracker Distribution Trends

The Rook is a premium drama co-production between Lionsgate and Liberty Global. The series premieres on Lionsgate’s Pay TV channel Starz in the US and Canada on June 30th and will appear on their streaming service StarzPlay in a number of other Show Tracker markets. The Rook will feature on Liberty’s platforms across Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, with Lionsgate handling the international distribution elsewhere.

With an estimated budget of $5 million per hour, Liberty’s own investment is likely to represent a significant amount - and in cash terms much more than they typically pay for content on their cable platforms directly. The Rook marks a first foray into the scripted drama market for Liberty Global, and a first co-production.

The series premieres in the UK on July 1st exclusively on Liberty’s Virgin Media platform, on the Virgin TV Ultra HD channel and on-demand.

Related articles


Show Tracker Distribution Trends

Focus on second window activity

Read more

SVOD Market in Germany Becoming More Competitive for Premium Drama

SVOD services are becoming increasingly competitive for first windows of premium drama

Read more

‘The CW’ Outlines its New Catch-Up Strategy

The CW’ may only offer episodes with a rolling 5 catch-up on its AVOD platform

Read more