Lionsgate UK (formerly Redbus Film Distribution, and briefly known as Helkon SK between 2001 and 2003) is the British subsidiary of the American film company, Lionsgate. Founded in 1997 by Simon Franks and Zygi Kamasa, the company have distributed and produced many films for the United Kingdom, such as ''
Bend It Like Beckham ''Bend It Like Beckham'' (also known as ''Kick It Like Beckham'') is a 2002 romantic comedy sports film produced, written and directed by Gurinder Chadha, and starring Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anupam Kher, J ...
'', '' What's Cooking?'', '' Cabin Fever'', '' Jeepers Creepers'' and '' It's All Gone Pete Tong''. The first theatrical film released by Redbus was '' Open Your Eyes''. Redbus's film releases were formerly distributed on home video by
Warner Home Video Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (formerly known as Warner Home Video and WCI Home Video), is the home video distribution division of Warner Bros. Entertainment. It was founded in 1978 as WCI Home Video (for Warner Communications, Warner Communi ...
. The company was acquired by Lionsgate in October 2005.


On 6 May 2001, Redbus was acquired by the German media company Helkon Media AG for $23 million, and changed its name to Helkon SK, to reflect their partnership with Helkon Media, and then split from Helkon Media, and renamed it back to Redbus on 6 May 2003. On 17 October 2005, Lionsgate acquired Redbus Film Distribution for $35 million. and became Lionsgate UK on 23 February 2006. "Variety
Redbus now Lionsgate
variety.com, Retrieved on 15 June 2012


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* Film distributors of the United Kingdom Entertainment companies established in 1997 Lionsgate subsidiaries {{UK-film-company-stub