Comic-Con International and Lionsgate to launch streaming video service

April 09, 2015 | 4:28 p.m.

Comic-Con is on the move to a small screen near you.

Lionsgate and Comic-Con International have announced a new subscription-based streaming video service set to launch later this year.

The service will feature original short videos as well as a slate of film and television series from Lionsgate and other studios curated for the diverse tastes of the Comic-Con fan base, although specific titles were not mentioned. The service will also feature archive footage from past conventions.

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1." (Murray Close / Lionsgate)

Jennifer Lawrence portrays Katniss Everdeen in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.” (Murray Close / Lionsgate)

“The fan base for the kind of films and television series showcased at Comic-Con has grown exponentially, and a subscription video-on-demand service is the ideal platform to capture the magic and excitement of the Comic-Con experience year-round as well as the perfect vehicle for Comic-Con fans to discover new content,” Jim Packer, Lionsgate’s president of worldwide television and digital distribution, said in a press statement.

Santa Monica-based Lionsgate is the studio behind both the popular “Hunger Games” and “Divergent” franchises. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” grossed over $752.1 million worldwide during its box office run, while “The Divergent Series: Insurgent” has so far grossed over $227.2 million worldwide.

Comic-Con International, of course, is the mastermind behind San Diego’s annual pop culture extravaganza whose popularity has exploded in recent years, with over 130,000 fans attending the 2014 expo. This year’s badges sold out in an hour.

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Attendees photograph a cosplayer dressed as Wonder Woman during WonderCon at the Anaheim Convention Center. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

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Cosplayers walk through the crowds during WonderCon in Anaheim. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

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A cosplayer walks to WonderCon at the Anaheim Convention Center. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

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A crowd gathers to photograph cosplayer Wolverine during WonderCon at the Anaheim Convention Center, (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

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A cosplayer dressed as Capt. Kirk pushes a baby carriage through the crowd during WonderCon at the Anaheim Convention Center. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

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A cosplayer dressed as the Hulk walks through the crowd during WonderCon at the Anaheim Convention center. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

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Chloe Miller of Valencia waits in line at WonderCon 2015 in Anaheim. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

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Cosplayers gather their registration materials while entering the Anaheim Convention Center on the first day of WonderCon 2015. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

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Carter Stednitz, 8, as Star-Lord from "Guardians of the Galaxy" at WonderCon Anaheim 2015. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

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Elizabeth Pinchevsky as Raven from the comic book and TV series "Teen Titans" at WonderCon Anaheim 2015. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)

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Larry Munoz as Dark Link in the action game "The Legend of Zelda." (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

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Harley Wettemann as the Joker at WonderCon Anaheim 2015. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)

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Paul Forest, a.k.a. Spock Vegas, at WonderCon Anaheim 2015. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)

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Chelsea Caracoza as Seras Victoria in the manga and anime series "Hellsing." (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

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Jeremy Fisher as "Ren & Stimpy's" Powdered Toast Man at WonderCon Anaheim 2015. ( Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

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Azul Weldon as Briska from the web comic "Homestuck" at WonderCon Anaheim 2015. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

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Valentin Figueroa as comic book character Ghost Rider at WonderCon Anaheim 2015. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)

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Katt McLaren as Majin Vegeta from "Dragon Ball Z" at WonderCon Anaheim 2015. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

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Jeff Sutter in steampunk wear at WonderCon Anaheim 2015. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

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A life-size replica of Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man is held aloft by Huston Huddleston of the Hollywood Sci-Fi Museum at WonderCon Anaheim 2015. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

“Working with our Lionsgate partners has been an exciting exercise in finding great ways to expand our horizons to deliver the unique magic of Comic-Con and the celebration of comics and popular art to our fans 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and around the world,” David Glanzer, the director of marketing and public relations for Comic-Con International, said in a statement.

As part of the partnership, Lionsgate and Comic-Con International will also work to make the Comic-Con International Film Festival a year-round online event.

Additionally, the video-on-demand service will feature video from WonderCon, Comic-Con’s sibling convention that recently announced its move to Los Angeles for 2016.

– Tracy Brown | @tracycbrown |@LATHeroComplex

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