Sky Cinema has signed a new agreement with the studio behind the Twilight, Transformers, Divergent and Power Rangers franchises.
The deal covers with eOne’s covers both its existing library and new releases in development.
It means almost 200 movies from eOne’s library will be available to Sky Cinema customers at no extra cost. In addition, starting from summer 2021, Sky will have the pay-TV rights for eOne’s first-run feature films including the animated kids’ title Two by Two: Overboard! which debuted in October at the top of the UK and Ireland box office.
A? number of new releases will also be available exclusively to Sky Cinema customers including the upcoming highly anticipated holiday rom-com Happiest Season starring Kristen Stewart, Mackenzie Davis, Alison Brie and Mary Steenburgen, which bypassed a UK theatrical release due to the pandemic.
Stephen van Rooyen, EVP & CEO UK & Europe Sky said: “This year alone we’ve struck agreements with Disney, Discovery, Sony and DreamWorks Animation to increase the variety of content available on Sky Q, and recently we’ve brought lifestyle and entertainment apps like Fiit and Roxi onto the platform. Our deal with eOne is just another example of us listening to customers and bringing them more of what they want.”
Sky customers already have access to content from Netflix, Disney+ (UK and Ireland), Warner Media (HBO), Showtime, Discovery, Fox, Sony, amongst others.
Stuart Baxter, President, International Distribution, eOne said: “We’re delighted to be expanding our relationship with Sky on this ground-breaking deal, especially during these challenging times. A partnership of this scale marks one of the biggest strategic deals we’ve done this year. We’re confident they will be a brilliant marketing partner for our content, working with us through the entire lifecycle.”
eOne has generated over £1.13 billion at the UK and Irish box office and released an impressive and diverse slate of films across the past twelve years, achieving twenty box office number 1 films including?Stan & Ollie, The Girl on the Train, The BFG, 12 Years a Slave, The Twilight Saga,?and more recently Sam Mendes’ WW1 epic?1917.
The deal was brokered by eOne’s Dan Gopal, Executive Vice President, Sales, EMEA and Patrick Roberts, Vice President, International TV Sales and Sky’s Katie Keenan, Head of Acquisitions, Movies and Maud Letreguilly, Head of Content Acquisitions.