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Lionsgate signs new long-term deal with Debmar-Mercury’s Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein

MUMBAI: Soon after the announcement of the three-year renewal of ‘The Wendy Williams Show’ and the third season renewal of Craig Ferguson-hosted ‘Celebrity Name Game’, Debmar-Mercury co-founders and co-presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein have signed new long-term agreements with US media company Lionsgate.

The announcement was made by Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer.

Marcus and Bernstein have been part of the Lionsgate family since Lionsgate acquired their Debmar-Mercury production and distribution company in 2006. Debmar-Mercury’s roster of programming includes the nationally-syndicated ‘Wendy Williams Show’; ‘Celebrity Name Game’, which Debmar-Mercury co-produces with FremantleMedia North America and distributes in the US; and FMNA’s Steve Harvey-hosted ‘Family Feud’, which Debmar-Mercury also distributes in the US.

“Mort and Ira are fantastic partners and we’re proud to extend our alliance with them for many years to come. They have built a visionary and entrepreneurial company that is the gold standard in television distribution and production, and they are an integral part of the continuing growth, diversification and scalability of our global television operations,” said Feltheimer

“Lionsgate has been a great fit for us from the start a decade ago – largely due to the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit Jon created here that still exists today. By operating smartly and nimbly, Lionsgate has achieved tremendous growth and we’re proud to have been able to play a part in that. With everything in store, we look forward to many more successes to come in the years ahead,” said Marcus and Bernstein.

Debmar-Mercury kicked off Natpe by announcing that ‘Celebrity Name Game’ has been renewed for a third season. The renewal follows pickups by Tribune Broadcasting and Sinclair Broadcast Group with clearances in over 70 per cent of the US heading into Natpe. Debmar-Mercury also announced that ‘The Wendy Williams Show’ has been renewed through the 2019-20 season on the Fox Television Stations and, combined with renewals on stations belonging to Media General and Cox Broadcasting, has already been cleared in more than 50 per cent of the US entering Natpe. The renewal will take the hit Lionsgate talk show through its 11th season.