Sky & eOne Ink Long-Term Film Deal


Sky and Entertainment One (eOne) have entered into a long-term partnership that covers hundreds of hours of movies for the U.K. and Ireland, including the Twilight and Divergent franchises.

Some 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!

Movies from eOne’s catalog coming to Sky include Young Victoria, Dallas Buyers Club and Looper. A number of new releases will also be available exclusively to Sky Cinema customers, including the holiday rom-com Happiest Season (which bypassed a U.K. theatrical release due to the pandemic). Existing movie library titles are available now to Sky Cinema and NOW TV Cinema Pass customers in the U.K. and Ireland.

Stephen van Rooyen, executive VP and CEO for the U.K. and Europe at Sky, said: “We’re incredibly excited to partner with eOne and bring their award-winning world-class content to our audiences. Sky Q makes it easy for customers to access the content they love, all in one place, and this new deal will expand the impressive range of films already available.

“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. Throw in our comprehensive sports offering and our popular Sky Originals and there’s something for everyone on Sky Q. Our deal with eOne is just another example of us listening to customers and bringing them more of what they want.”

Stuart Baxter, president of international distribution at 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.”