BSkyB has signed a new licensing deal with film and television studio Miramax.
The rights cover its Sky Movies subscription service as well as the on demand service Sky Anytime+ and multiscreen platform Sky Go.
The exclusive, multiplatform deal was described by Miramax as a ‘substantial’ package. It is all the more significant because last November both Netflix and Lovefilm also signed agreements with Miramax. However, they were non exclusive deals.
“We are very pleased to add our award-winning and beloved films to the Sky lineup, ensuring that Sky subscribers will continue to have access to the best that independent cinema and Hollywood have to offer,” said Danny Goldman, Miramax Senior Vice President and Head of Sales, Europe. “The entertainment appeal of Sky continues to grow, and we are excited to be in business with the Sky Movies team.”
Simon Rexworthy, controller of acquisitions at Sky said, “It’s great to be working with Miramax as they build out their business and make more of their titles available to us. The deal will give Sky Movies customers exclusive access to some of the best titles from Miramax’s unrivalled archive including such iconic modern classics as Pulp Fiction and Chicago.”
Included in the package are Life is Beautiful, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Spy Kids, and Starsky & Hutch.