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Japan’s U-NEXT Scores Showtime Package for Streaming


Showtime dramas such as Your Honor and City on a Hill will be made available for streaming on U-NEXT, Japan’s leading OTT player.

ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group reached a deal with U-NEXT for a selection of new series from Showtime. Among the offerings are Your Honor, starring Bryan Cranston; City on a Hill, featuring Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge; The First Lady (working title), which will feature dramatizations of Michelle Obama and other historical figures; and the sci-fi action series Halo, based on the video game franchise.

Dan Cohen, president of ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group, said: “We are delighted to partner with Japan’s leading OTT service, U-NEXT to introduce an exclusive selection of critically acclaimed and highly anticipated Showtime series to Japan. With its emphasis on providing premium entertainment to the Japanese market, U-NEXT is an ideal platform for Showtime series, and we look forward to bringing these series to Japan.”

Tenshin Tsutsumi, CEO of U-NEXT, said: “We are thrilled to partner with ViacomCBS in introducing Showtime content to our service. The evolving landscape in the streaming sector has created a huge demand for high-quality premium content, and we are delighted to partner with ViacomCBS to feature some of the best premium series from the internationally renowned Showtime brand on U-NEXT.”

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