Starz goes Occasional in South Asia. Global streamer Lionsgate Play is teaming up with Lionsgate Television on their first Indian Original Series, a remake of the LGTV comedy that aired 2015-18 on Hulu.
The news comes after the launch of its direct-to-consumer OTT app Lionsgate Play in the country last year. Occasional will launch the service’s first original slate for the Indian and South Asian market.
The original series followed a dysfunctional family with a single brother (Tommy Dewey) and his newly divorced sister (Michaela Watkins). Together, they train through the crazy dating world while once again living under one roof and raising a teenage girl (Tara Lynne Barr). The Indian Occasional will play former Miss Universe Lara Dutta (Full house, Don 2) as sister and Prateik Babbar (Jaane Tu, Mumbai Newspapers) as his brother and be directed by Bollywood filmmaker Kunal Kohli (Hum Tum, Fanaa).
“Lionsgate Play continues to grow in India, proving to be a powerful engine of Starz’s international growth,” Starz President and CEO Jeffrey Hirsch said in a statement. “Partnering with Lionsgate Television to launch our first original series designed for the Indian and South Asian market is the next step in selecting our offering for our subscriber base which resonates with our bold, unique and defining series that make up our ‘Best of Global SVOD Content Strategy. “
Adding Rohit Jain, Managing Director South Asia & Networks – Emerging Markets Asia: “Lionsgate is committed to bringing the best and most exciting premium content to India and other countries in South Asia,” said We’re excited to launch our first Original Series lineup with a great selection of accomplished writers, directors and actors as we continue to expand and diversify our strong and exceptionally well-curated content offering.