Max Extends U.S. Streaming Rights for Studio Ghibli Films


Max has inked a multiyear agreement with GKIDS to extend its exclusive U.S. streaming rights for Studio Ghibli titles.

As part of the deal, Max will be the future home of the 2023 Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning film The Boy and the Heron. The hand-drawn, original story is Hayao Miyazaki’s first feature film in ten years. It is produced by Studio Ghibli co-founder Toshio Suzuki and features a musical score from Miyazaki’s longtime collaborator Joe Hisaishi. Its Max premiere date will be revealed at a later time.

Max has been the U.S. home to the Studio Ghibli catalog since 2020, which marked the first time the films were made available to stream. With the extension of the streaming rights, Max will continue to be the U.S. home of titles such as My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Ponyo, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, The Wind Rises, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya and When Marnie Was There, among many others.

“Our subscribers are always looking for unique stories, and we are happy to continue to offer these award-winning, critically acclaimed films and to add The Boy and the Heron to our deep and rich Max content offering,” said Elizabeth Bannan Atcheson, VP of content acquisitions at Warner Bros. Discovery.