STATEMENT ON MODERN SLAVERY & HUMAN TRAFFICKING FOR FINANCIAL YEAR 2018/19
Updated: 19th September 2018
Statement on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
This statement is made as a result of the enactment of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 which requires each of Lions Gate International (UK) Limited and Lions Gate International Media Limited (each being the “Company” and together referred to as “Lionsgate UK”) to make a statement of the steps each Company has taken during each financial year to ensure that modern slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any of its supply chains and in any part of its business. Lions Gate International (UK) Limited is a private limited company, incorporated in England and Wales with registered number 08936180. Lions Gate International Media Limited is a private limited company, incorporated in England and Wales with registered number 10486810. The registered office for each Company is at Fifth Floor, 45 Mortimer Street, London W1W 8HJ.
Introduction and overview
Lionsgate UK, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is the diversified UK based filmed entertainment arm of Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation (NYSE:LGF) (“Lionsgate Corp”), a premier next generation global content leader with a varied presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, international distribution and sales, branded channel platforms, location-based entertainment, interactive ventures and games. Redbus Film Distribution Limited was acquired by Lionsgate Corp in October 2005 and Lionsgate UK, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, has since established a reputation in the United Kingdom (“UK”) as a leading producer, distributor and acquirer of commercially successful and critically acclaimed product, recently releasing Rupert Everett’s directorial debut THE HAPPY PRINCE, the documentary McQUEEN, the festival hit ON CHESIL BEACH, THEIR FINEST, HITMAN’S BODYGUARD, BAFTA nominated FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL and WONDER. Upcoming titles for the 2018 slate include Otto Bathurst’s ROBIN HOOD, A SIMPLE FAVOUR starring Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick and Wash Westmorland’s Sundance title COLETTE.
Lionsgate UK is also ramping up its television business through the launch of its own UK television production division as well as through its recent partnerships with UK production companies Potboiler Television, Primal Media and Kindle Entertainment, a first look deal with TV production company, Bonafide Films and a collaboration on the Channel 4 TV series, DAMNED, and BBC TV series, MOTHERLAND.
The first major new studio in decades, Lionsgate Corp is a global content platform 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 Corp content drives a growing presence in interactive and location-based entertainment, gaming, virtual reality and other new entertainment technologies. Lionsgate Corp’s content initiatives are backed by a 16,000-title film and television library and delivered through a global licensing infrastructure. Its slate encompasses nearly 90 television series on 40 different US networks. 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.
Lionsgate UK’s supply chain includes the development, production, financing and acquisition of intellectual property rights and related ranges of marketing materials and promotional assets, and the licensing, distribution and exploitation of those rights by third parties within the UK and worldwide.
Goods, Services and Supply
Lionsgate UK is committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all its business dealings and relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure modern slavery and human trafficking are not taking place anywhere in its own businesses or those of its suppliers of goods and services (the “Services”).
Lionsgate UK does not tolerate modern slavery and human trafficking and fully supports the principles and aims of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Lionsgate UK will not permit modern slavery or human trafficking activities within its organisation, knowingly support or deal with any third party business involved in modern slavery or human trafficking activities, or knowingly support other businesses using modern slavery or human trafficking activities.
The Services utilised by Lionsgate UK are both office based and ‘on location’ and it considers the supply chain for Services utilised to be very low risk in relation to modern slavery and human trafficking. Lionsgate UK strives to do business with third parties which share its values and, where appropriate, to build long-term relationships with key suppliers, who are required to observe all local laws and regulations. This past year, Lionsgate UK has started to give specific consideration to modern slavery and human trafficking when dealing with its suppliers. Lionsgate UK will remain alert to the risks, however small, of modern slavery and human trafficking activities occurring in its supply chains.
Training of Staff
Lionsgate UK recognises and respects all applicable employment laws and raises awareness of modern slavery and human trafficking amongst its employees by drawing their attention to the forms that modern slavery and human trafficking can take. Lionsgate UK provide employees and management with training on a range of compliance matters including its obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
This statement has been approved by the Board of Directors and will be reviewed annually.
Chief Executive Officer, UK and Europe
17 September 2018