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SKY NZ Lines Up Dramas, Movies from U.S. Studios


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SKY in New Zealand has inked a set of deals with studios such as Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox and Warner Bros., bringing a wealth of new series and movies to its customers.

A pact with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution positions SKY as the exclusive NZ home for all upcoming titles broadcast on FX in the U.S. “FX is known for terrific original dramas and limited series such as American Crime Story, Snowfall and Feud,” said Lisa Clements, SKY’s head of acquisitions, entertainment and movies. “We have enjoyed a strong working relationship with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution on their titles from the FX stable for many years. It’s great that we are now entering a longer-term exclusive deal with them for all of the studio’s newly produced series on the U.S. FX network.

“Upcoming FX titles on SKY will include Ryan Murphy’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, Feud: Charles and Diana and the highly-anticipated Trust, the star-studded new limited series from Danny Boyle about the bizarre life of John Paul Getty III, heir to one of the world’s greatest fortunes.”

SKY recently concluded a pact for exclusive first-run content with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution, including titles such as The Flash, Supergirl, Arrow and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.

Extended deals see new blockbuster titles from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Twentieth Century Fox and Warner Bros. coming to SKY Box Office, SKY Movies and NEON. A pact with Sony Pictures Entertainment will bring all of the studio’s new feature titles exclusively to SKY’s movie channels. In an innovative move, the exclusivity across each of the film deals gives SKY movie tier customers access to all new titles on SKY On Demand at any time during the title license period, regardless of when the title premieres.

“It goes without saying that we have made a huge investment in content which will screen across SKY, NEON and, where appropriate, on our free-to-air channel Prime,” said SKY’s director of entertainment content, Travis Dunbar. “It is part of our commitment to continually add considerable breadth to the great value offering to all our customers, no matter how they choose to watch their content with us. With more than half of New Zealand engaging with SKY through our linear, SKY On Demand and SKY GO platforms, along with our SVOD service NEON (available to non-SKY customers), we were delighted to work closely with this incredible array of global content distributors to secure these key titles for our audiences.”



About Kristin Brzoznowski

Kristin Brzoznowski is the executive editor of World Screen. She can be reached at kbrzoznowski@worldscreen.com.

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